Waldschmidt House, S.R. 126, Camp Dennison Neighborhood
Christian Waldschmidt, a Revolutionary War soldier and one of the first settlers to the area, built this historic home in 1804. During the Civil War, the house and surrounding grounds were part of "Camp Dennison" used primarily as a general training center, recruiting depot and hospital post named in honor of Governor William Dennison. The property is owned today by the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution. They have also restored a smaller fieldstone house for the Camp Dennison Civil War Museum. A Memorial Barn on the property now houses an extensive collection of primitive stone cutting and farm tools as well as a restored Conestoga wagon. The home and museum are open to the public on Sundays from May through October. For more information, please go to www.waldschmidthouse.org/dar/waldhouse.shtml.
Chateau LaRoche, 12025 Shore Drive, Symmes Township
Chateau LaRoche is a replica of a historical European castle on the banks of the Little Miami River. Boy Scout Troop Leader Harry Andrews built it over the course of 50 years. He built the castle on two free plots of land that his Scouts obtained by paying for one-year subscriptions to The Cincinnati Enquirer. When Andrews died in 1981 he left the castle to his Boy Scout troop the Knights of the Golden Trail who maintain it to this day. Tours are available. For more information, go to www.lovelandcastle.com.
Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland 45140
Lake Isabella is a 77-acre park operated by the Great Parks of Hamilton County. It features a 28-acre fishing lake with rowboat rentals and pier, a picnic area, playground and indoor and outdoor dining areas. In the summer, they have grill outs and offer live entertainment. For more information, please go to their website at:
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Little Miami Bike Trail
This 70 plus mile trail was built along the right-of-way of the old Little Miami Railroad. Most of the trail runs along a dedicated, car-free corridor providing a great place to ride bikes, roller blade, run or walk. Stop for a treat in one of the small towns, explore nature along the riverbanks of the Little Miami River, or learn about history along the way.
Little Miami River
The Little Miami River has been designated as a State and National Scenic River. A series of state and county parks and bike trails have been built along the river and offer plenty of recreational opportunities such as fishing and canoeing. The Little Miami corridor is a great place to experience nature and see a variety of wildlife in its natural habitat.
Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, Symmes Township
Dr. Charles Meade, a former president and director of the Hamilton County Fair Board, built this historic home in 1906. The property was used to raise trotting and pacing horses and included a racetrack. The Township purchased the property in 2003 and has negotiated a long-term contract with the Cincinnati Horticultural Society (CHS) to develop a horticultural center on the property. CHS currently offers educational classes for children through the Fresh Air School. For more information, please go to www.cincinnatihorticulturalsociety.com.
Ross Family Log House Museum, 11887 Lebanon Road, Symmes Township
The Symmes Township Historical Society
has restored a historic 1830's two-story log house at Meade Park through a grant from the Ohio Cultural Commission. It opened to the public in April 2012.