Located in the heart of Blue Ash, Summit Park is a 130-acre park that is home to walking trails, hiking trails, a dog park, plenty of wide open green space, a large pond, a massive playground area, an observation tower, a variety of restaurants, and a luxury apartment complex.
It also serves as the host to a variety of events that take place year-round including a farmer’s market from May through September, an ice rink that goes up in mid-November, and an annual 4th of July bash with live music.
The park was founded in 2014 and the name “Summit” comes from the fact that it sits on one of the highest elevated areas in all of Hamilton County.
Whether you’re interested in attending one of the park’s annual events, going for a light walk, taking your dog for a stroll, or grabbing a bite to eat, Summit Park has something to offer to everyone.
The park is composed of three distinct areas:
- Commons area with restaurants, apartments, and a large open field.
- Active area with paved walking trails, a dog park, and a playground area.
- Nature area featuring a wooded nature preserve.
The image below highlights these three areas:
The Commons Area
The Commons Area is home to several restaurants including Brown Dog Cafe, Tahona, Nanny Belle’s, and Senate.
Each restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating as well, which makes it a great spot to check out when the weather is nice.
Just behind the restaurant area is a huge open space that serves as a nice area to have a picnic or hang out on the hanging swings.
The Active Area
Venture a little further out and you’ll come across several paved and gravel walking trails, which wrap around the large pond in the middle of the park:
Continue a little further and you’ll come across a gated dog park, which is completely free to use:
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The Nature Area
Located on the far end of the park, the nature area features a wooded preserve with several dirt hiking trails and benches that are perfect for enjoying some peace and quiet.
If you’re looking for more outdoor areas to check out around Cincinnati, be sure to read our Complete Guide to Cincinnati Parks, Gardens, and Nature Centers.