Okay Google: Let's Take A Hike

May 9, 2018

You can now use your smartphone to check out that local hiking trail before you set out. Images of trails throughout 16 Hamilton County parks were captured in spring and summer last year and are now available on Google Maps.

A team of 37 people wore Google's Street View Trekker backpacks to map 200 miles worth of trail in places like Winton Woods and Sharon Woods. the backpacks use the same technology as Google's Street View cars, capturing 360-degree images. That means you can now see a "real view" of Great Parks of Hamilton County's 78-mile trail network.

Or, as the park system puts it, you can "check before you trek."

A look at the Great Oaks Trail at Winton Woods.
Credit Google Maps

"Whether you are looking for your next trail to experience, or are just wanting to get a quick nature fix, Google Maps provides that connection," says Great Parks of Hamilton County CEO Jack Sutton in a statement. "It has made Great Parks much more accessible and interactive with just a few clicks."

Great Parks of Hamilton County became the first park system in the Greater Cincinnati area to partner with Google for its mapping project when the two partnered up last year.

How It Works

Navigate to Google Maps on your computer or smartphone and search for the park you want. Next, drag and drop the "Browse Street View Images" icon -- it's that thing that looks sort of like a person -- over any of the highlighted trails.