Managed in partnership with the Great Parks of Hamilton County, this 63-acre park in Sayler Park meanders along the Ohio River for more than a mile. Hundreds of trees were lost in the tornado that struck in April 1974, but new ones are growing and many majestic veterans survived that storm. Fernbank features hiking trails, fishing areas, a bike trail, playgrounds, and an open field ideal for Frisbees or a game of catch. Watch riverboats and barges from picnic areas, and be on the watch for the many species of birds that nest in this riverside park.
50 Thornton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45233
- Picnic Area
- Rental Shelter/Picnic Area
- Rental Pavilion/Lodge
- Hiking Trail
- Bike Trail
- Comfort Station/Restrooms
- Significant Natural Areas
- Historical Feature/Public Art
Fernbank Park (Sayler Park)
- Fernbank Park comprises more than 65 acres stretched across more than a mile along the Ohio River. Originally, there were two small parks on the property as well as the Fern Bank Dam, which begun in 1905 and was completed in 1911 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When it was no longer needed due to other dams built along the river, Fern Bank Dam was dismantled in 1963, and the property as a whole was transferred to the Cincinnati Park Board in 1974 under the Legacy of Parks Programs.
- Caretaker’s Residence and Warehouse: This yellow brick house is what is left of a complex built in 1910 by the Army Corps of Engineers. Originally an office building, it is an example of the Beaux-Arts style popular in the early 20th century, especially for commercial buildings.
- Pavilion & Concession Stand: Both buildings, with the Pavilion’s horizontal design and the flat cantilevered roof of each, were built in the 1940s and show Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on architect Freund.