Ritchey Woods

Natural Areas: Ritchey Woods

State Designated Nature Preserve [#69; 1983]

Ritchey Woods is a surprisingly large oasis in a highly developed area. There are several trails; many branch from the central Beech Hollow Trail. Your best bet is to walk the Beech Hollow Trail and explore side trails as your interests and mood direct. The Swamp Trail is a long-stemmed lollipop trail with a terminal boardwalk through wet woods. Creek Ridge Trail offers overlooks of Cheeney Creek and passes by an old cemetery. South Ridge Trail traverses some low-lying areas; skunk cabbage is present in spots. Traffic noise, and noise and even the smell of aviation fuel from the adjacent airport are all sometimes annoying.

Trail Map

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Hamilton County. From I-69 Exit 203, west 0.2 miles on 96th Street to light at Hague Road, then north 0.8 miles to entrance on the left (west).

GPS: N 39 56.313 W 86 01.988


Bathrooms with flush toilets, shelter.

Finder Sketch

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Nearby Natural Areas (miles)

Flowing Well Park (4.1)
Fort Harrison State Park (8.9)
Marott Park Woods Nature Preserve (9.1)
Cool Creek Park (9.9)
Holliday Park (11)
Eagle Creek Park (20)