“The bike trails are important because they allow people to be active outside in a safe way. Biking is extremely popular right now. People want to get outdoors to break up their day, especially in the pandemic situation that we have occurring right now, and biking is a safe and socially distant way to do that,” Kocher said.
Other family-friendly options for biking include the trails in Fairfield’s Harbin Park, which is also the host for the annual Mountain Bike Challenge. Additional amenities at Harbin Park include walking trails, nature and fitness trails, disc golf, picnic shelters and much more.
“There are lots of mountain bike trails at Harbin Park. So, if biking is somebody’s passion, I highly recommend that area,” Kocher said.
Marsh Lake Park in Fairfield features a fishing lake, along with a mile-long trail that is situated along the lake. Marsh Park Fishing Lake is a natural spring fed lake with over 4,000 ft. of accessible shoreline. The lake is stocked throughout the season with carp, catfish, crappie, bass, bluegill, northern pike, perch, trout, and walleye. The bait house at Marsh Lake carries fresh live bait and basic tackle needs as well as snacks and beverages for guests.
Another standout spot is Marcum Park, which is located in downtown Hamilton. Marcum Park is close to a variety of shops and local restaurants. The six-acre park features sculptures, the RiversEdge Amphitheater, fountains to splash around in and other water features.
“Tourism is a critical part of Butler County’s economy,” said Mark Hecquet, president and CEO of the Butler County Visitors Bureau. “For over a decade through 2019, we have seen consistent growth and important economic impact from travel to our region. The travel industry directly translates into vital jobs for locals, important tax revenues that support resident services, and essential customers for Butler County businesses.”