Bender Mountain Nature Preserve

About this Location

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, which maintain the trails and work to eliminate invasive species throughout the Preserve.

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, a botanist with the University of Cincinnati. The trails are well-maintained, have Trail markers (signposts), and feature four benches.

Notable Trails

Bender Mountain Nature Preserve Trails
Hiking trails at Bender Mountain Nature Preserve include:
Bender Mountain Loop Trail – 2.3 miles – moderate
Eagle Scout Trail – 0.4 mile – strenuous
Ridge Trail – 0.3 mile – easy
North Paw Paw Gap Trail – 0.4 mile – easy
Bender Valley Trail – 0.6 mile – easy
South Paw Paw Gap Trail – 0.2 mile – very strenuous
Sisters Hill Trail – 0.9 mile – easy

A description with a map of a 2.3-mile hike on the Bender Mountain Loop Trail is on the AllTrails website.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Bender Mountain Nature Preserve webpage