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Metro Parks of Butler County was established in 1955. parks governed by a three-member Board of Park Commissioners appointed by the Probate Judge of Butler County. The 22 sites totaling over 2,300 acres, offer quiet forests, scenic streams, interesting historical sites, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Governor Bebb Preserve & Pioneer Village is a 264-acre family oriented park that offers picnic sites, playgrounds, nature trails, Restrooms, Camping sites, fishing, wildlife preserve, historic site, and, not to mention environmental education. The pioneer village includes the authentic log cabin birth place of Ohio's 19th governor, William Bebb. Upon entering the preserve, you'll cross one of the two remaining covered bridges in Butler County. This one was built in 1850 near Oxford and restored in the preserve in 1970.

Contact information and directions:
Governor Bebb Preserve & Pioneer Village,
1979 Bebb Park Lane,
Okeana, OH. 45053.

From Hamilton: Follow SR 129 West through Millville. Out of Millville, follow SR 129 (Hamilton-Scipio Road) about 8 miles. Turn left on California Road then right on Cincinnati-Brookville Road. The park entrance is located on your left 1/4 mile from that turn at 1979 Bebb Park Lane.

Rentschler Forest Preserve Miami-Erie Canal offers 346 acres of scenic natural areas, picnic areas, shelters, nature trails, playgrounds, soccer fields, fishing, and hiking. Rentschler Forest Preserve/Miami-Erie Canal contains remnants of the old canal which was so vital to the early growth of Butler County. In addition the park offers a Youth Group Campsite. Boy scouts, girl scouts, church and other organized youth groups may camp overnight along the Great Miami River at Rentschler Forest Preserve.

Contact information and directions:
Rentschler Forest Preserve Miami-Erie Canal
5701 Reigart Road,
Hamilton, OH. 45011.

From Hamilton:Take Rt. 4 east of Hamilton to left on Indian Meadows Drive,Turn right on Reigart Road to stop sign then left on old Reigart Road and follow that road into the park.

From I-75:Take SR 129 West (Michael A. Fox Highway) to Bypass 4,Turn right onto Bypass 4,At Sr 4 go straight through the light onto Indian Meadows Drive,Turn right on Reigart Road to stop sign then left on old Reigart Road and follow that road into the park.

Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve is a popular 199 acre wetland destination for school field trips and bird watching enthusiasts. The park has been recognized by the National Audubon Society. This park offers nature trails, wildlife observation areas, hiking, a historic site, and, interpretive area.

Contact information and directions:
Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve,
7950 Gilmore Road,
Hamilton, OH. 45015 .

From Hamilton:Turn onto Symmes Road off of Rt. 4,Follow Symmes Road east to Gilmore Road,Turn right (north) on Gilmore Road,The park entrance is at 7950 Gilmore Road.

Contact information for Butler county parks administrative office:
Administrative Office,
2051 Timberman Rd.
Hamilton, Ohio 45013.
Phone: 1-877-PARK FUN
Fax: (513) 867-5954
E-mail: metroparks@butlercountyohio.org


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