Bender Mountain Preserve is more than fifty acres of wooded hillside between Bender Road and Hillside Avenue.
The principal areas of the preserve are owned by Delhi Township and the Western Wildlife Corridor, who maintain the trails and work to eliminate invasive species throughout the Preserve.
Zoom in and pan around this interactive map. Click on the trails for more info. The trail routes shown are based on actual GPS information taken by our trail stewards.
Bender Mountain Preserve has over three miles of hiking trails, some with a fantastic view of the Ohio River. This is a lovely, heavily wooded, restored nature preserve that supports hundreds of plant and animal species. It’s been described as the “best place in Hamilton County to observe native wildflowers” by Dr. Denis Conover, botanist with the University of Cincinnati. The trails are well-maintained, have Trail markers (signposts), and feature four benches.
Hiking degree of difficulty:
The Bender Mountain trail system ranges from easy strolls to challenging workouts, depending upon the trail. Some sections of moderate and strenuous trails climb steep slopes and include rocky, uneven steps.
How to Get Here:
This preserve has several parking options;
The Bender Road Gravel Lot (north side of the preserve) gives easy access to the Bender Valley Trail and Eagle Scout Trail.
Parking at the dead-end of Delhi Ave (east side of the preserve) gives easy access to the Sister’s Hill Trail. Park at the guard rail barricade, and be sure not to block adjacent driveways.
Things to remember:
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A few shots from the photo gallery…