Cincinnati Parks has temporarily closed off a section of Burnet Woods Drive Road to vehicle traffic within the park. The aim is to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in the heart of Burnet Woods. For 90 days Cincinnati Parks collected public feedback on the temporary closure, we are now reviewing the results and will get back to the community soon.
This 90-acre park near the University of Cincinnati sports hiking trails, a fishing lake, a historic bandstand, playgrounds, shelters, picnic areas and a disc golf course. The Audubon Society named the park an Important Birding Area.
Trailside Nature Center
The Trailside Nature Center is located in Burnet Woods Park, adjoining the University of Cincinnati and one of Cincinnati’s oldest parks. It includes a children’s museum, a handicap-access meeting room for nature education programs and a fishing lake created in 1875.
The Wolff Planetarium
One of the best secrets of the Cincinnati Parks is the Wolff Planetarium located at the Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods. This Spitz model A-1 planetarium was purchased in 1950, and is the oldest planetarium west of the Allegheny Mountains. Twenty adults can sit under the twelve-foot dome to view the stars in all seasons and all latitudes. If you are going on a trip to the southern hemisphere or the Arctic Circle, we can even give you a preview of any stars you might see from Earth.
As well as being one of the oldest planetariums, the Wolff Planetarium may also be the most low-tech. There are no pre-recorded programs here. An experienced naturalist who knows diverse myths and obscure facts about the stars leads the journey through the stars. Audience participation is greatly encouraged and laughing at bad star jokes is required for admission. Always live! Always interactive! Always fun!
The Wolff Planetarium celebrated its 50th birthday in 2000. Located at the Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods, the Spitz A-1 planetarium was purchased in April 1950, and has been educating and entertaining the Cincinnati community ever since.
Attending a show at the Wolff Planetarium is a unique experience for children and adults of all ages. We enthusiastically maintain our claim as the lowest-tech planetarium in the universe. With maximum seating for 20, the atmosphere is intimate. All presentations are live and interactive – no boring recordings of Leonard Nimoy. And as always, audience participation, questions and laughing at bad star jokes are strongly encouraged.
This catch & release lake is stocked annually with Fathead Minnows, Hybrid Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Largemouth Bass.
Burnet Woods Events and Activities
Groups from the surrounding communities work with Cincinnati Parks to carry out hundreds of family friendly events and activities.