Ohio is home to an amazing number of parks and wild spaces. Cox Arboretum is a very special place indeed. Discover native and sometimes rare Ohio plants, learn how to attract pollinators or just enjoy 189 acres of nature. The park changes with the seasons so it is never the same park twice!
Cox Arboretum is part of the Five Rivers Metroparks system. It is only 46 miles from downtown Cincinnati and easily accessible from I-75. The park entrance is at 6722 Springboro Pike.
Start with the Loop Path that begins just outside the visitor center. This ½ mile ADA loop is a great way to get an overview of the arboretum. If you’d like a longer hike, there are two more trails, that are 1.1 and 1.8 miles long and explore the Ruth Cummings Mead Woodland.
The Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture offers a chance to get your hands dirty while you help with the plants that populate the Metroparks. You’ll learn how sustainable horticulture (growing appropriate plants) can improve our Ohio lifestyle and maintain native plants.
The water garden is near the Barbara Cox Center. It has been carefully landscaped. Two other ponds are left in a wilder condition. These ponds recreate a wilder Ohio with native prairie grasses. Get inspiration for your own water garden!
If you like to wander through gardens, there are a number of specialty gardens, including the Maimon Memorial Garden. This garden combines edible plants into the landscape. This garden is so lovely that is a popular wedding venue. Specialty gardens include a shrub garden, an iris garden, a conifer collection, and a rock garden.
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The Butterfly House is filled with native pollinator plants and the butterflies and moths that ensure that the plants will seed. Outside the Butterfly House, explore the Pollinator Garden for inspiration to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your yard.
In the spring, wander through the Dogwood Allee to marvel at the gorgeous blooms. In the fall, birds flock to the allee to take advantage of the fruit. The Tree Tower, in the Conifer Collection, is an 81 step climb into a Douglas Fir tree. The views are stunning! If you don’t want to wait for corn mazes, come to the Bell Children’s Maze and explore the paths through boxwoods to the center of the maze. There is still more to discover at the Cox Arboretum! Follow this link for more information.
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