Gilmore MetroPark 

Butler County, Ohio

Historic Ponds, a Refuge for Birds

Gilmore MetroPark, Hamilton, Ohio’s 300-acre preserve, is a birder’s paradise. Designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society, this MetroPark is frequently home to great egrets, black-crowned night-herons, green herons, great blue herons, and many other migratory bird species. Located along the former Miami and Erie Canal in the Upper Mill Creek watershed, the park consists of wetlands and historic ice ponds. The location includes a raised bird blind, viewing decks, and three miles of trails.

Protected by MetroParks of Butler County

The Gilmore Ponds Conservancy, a local nonprofit, acquired the first parcels of land during the 1980's to protect it from development. Later, MetroParks of Butler County acquired and expanded the property.

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How to Find Gilmore MetroPark

The preserve is located at 7950 Gilmore Road in Hamilton, about one-half mile north of Symmes Road. A south entrance is off Symmes Road east of Gilmore.  Both entrances have parking areas.

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