Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management & Trail Closures

Specified areas and trails within Cincinnati Parks will be closed for portions of the fall and winter in order to sustain the natural resources and wildlife within the parks.

Natural Resources/ Deer Management Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose of the Deer Management Program

Reduce (not eliminate) the number of deer in order to restore the health of our parks and to sustain long-term biodiversity and native forest plant species.

The Cincinnati Park Board has a responsibility to conserve the natural resources under it’s ownership for future generations to enjoy. The overpopulation of deer severely threatens those natural resources by reducing the diversity of plant life, including seedling trees that would become our future forest, and the wildlife that depend upon those resources. We feel that reducing the deer population is a key component of managing our natural resources and maintaining biodiversity.

Significant Deer Over Population

The Park Board has been studying the impact of deer on our parklands for more than a decade. The findings indicate that the deer populations in our parks far exceed the target count of 15 to 20 deer per square mile, as recommended by the State of Ohio Division of Wildlife. Forest regeneration and wildflower studies have determined that the overall health of Cincinnati Park forests, and of the herd itself, is in jeopardy because of deer over population.

History of the Deer Management Program

Since the winter of 2007, the Cincinnati Park Board has been working to control the deer population that has decimated our native forest plant species. Though the population levels are recommended to be 15 – 20 deer per square mile, the Mt. Airy Forest population had reached 97 deer per square mile, and in California Woods 103 deer per square mile. Stanbery Park, Alms Park, Ault Park, and Magrish Preserve also have significant over population of deer.

The public is asked to observe the "Trail Closed" and "Park Area Closed" signs posted in the parks.


Park / Location

Dates & Trail Status   Map
Alms Park  9/30/17 – 10/13/17 –  Closed   

11-4-17 – 11/17/17  –  Closed   

 1/1/18 – 2/28/18 – Closed 5 pm – 12 am  

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Ault Park  9/30/17 – 10/13/17 –  Closed   

11-4-17 – 11/17/17  –  Closed   

 1/1/18 – 2/28/18 – Closed 5 pm – 12 am  

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Bradford – Felter – Tanglewood Preserve   9/30/17 – 2/04/18  –  Closed   Map

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California Woods Preserve  9/30/17 – 10/15/17 –  Closed (except: 10/7/17 –  Trails are Open)

11-18-17 – 11/29/17  –  Closed   

  12/3/17 – 1/31/18  –  Closed  (except: 12/22/17, 12/29/17,12/30/17 Trails are Open)

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Daniel Drake Park 9/30/17 – 2/4/18  –  Closed Map

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Glenway Woods  9/30/17 – 2/4/18  –  Closed Map
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 Magrish Riverland Preserve 9/30/17 – 2/4/18  –  Closed

 Kayaks & Canoes may still put in
at the Magrish access point.
You can park at the gate and walk-in.
An alternative is the Otto Armleder
access point.

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Miles Edwards Park 9/30/17 – 2/4/18   – Closed Map

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Mt. Airy Zone: Bracken Woods 9/30/17 – 2/4/18  –  Closed

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Mt. Airy Zone A: Maple Ridge 9/30/17 – 10/13/17  –  Closed 

11/11/17 – 2/4/18 –  Trails are Open on Tuesday & Wednesday (Closed all other Days)

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Mt. Airy Zone B:
McFarlan Woods

9/30/17 – 10/13/17  – Closed

11/11/17 – 2/4/18  – Trails are Open on Tuesday & Wednesday (Closed all other Days)

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Mt. Airy Zone C: Diehl Road 9/30/17 – 10/13/17  – Closed 

11/11/17 – 2/4/18  – Trails are Open on Tuesday & Wednesday (Closed all other Days)

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Mt. Airy Zone F:
West & South of Arboretum
to Shepherd Creek Drive
9/30/17 – 10/13/17 –   Closed 

11/11/17 – 2/4/18  – Trails are Open on Tuesday & Wednesday (Closed all other Days)

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Mt. Airy Zone G 9/30/17 – 10/13/17  – Closed

11/11/17 – 2/4/18 Trails are Open on Tuesday & Wednesday (Closed all other Days)

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Seymour Preserve 9/30/17 – 2/4/18  –  Closed Map

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 Stanbery Park

9/30/17 – 10/13/17  – Closed 

10/16/17 – 2/2/18  Trails are Open on Saturday and Sunday (Closed all other Days)


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