Bortz Family Nature Preserve

Bortz Family Nature Preserve

Bortz Family Nature Preserve

This 119-acre preserve in Hamilton County offers respite in deep and cool woods, as well as views of the wide Ohio and of the Little Miami’s emerald shores.

This property represents a valuable ecological floodplain where the mouth of the National Wild and Scenic River – the Little Miami – meets with the Ohio River. The diversity of this land contributes to its appeal for wildlife, as well as humans, and includes 1.8 miles of trails. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources determined that this land is likely the home of the endangered Indiana Bat, as well as several endangered species of mussels, but they are not alone. Overlooking the confluence of these two great rivers is the nest of an American Bald Eagle, atop a towering cottonwood tree. The protection of this property was made possible in part by Towne Properties who gave us a bargain sale and the Bortz family who provided a generous donation to help take care of the preserve.

To find the trailhead, take the drive way off Kellogg Ave. all the way down to Pirate’s Cove, turn left, and you will see preserve sign and Kiosk.

Check River Height Prior to Visiting

Given the proximity to the Ohio River, the Bortz Family Nature Preserve’s parking lot is prone to flooding when the height of the river is above 36 feet. Please review the live feed from USGS on the right prior to arrival.


  • Gage height: 28.45 ft

Preserve Trail Map

Please note, there are no facilities at this preserve.

Preserve Address


790 Garfield Avenue       P.O. Box 957       Milford, OH   45150
Email:     Phone: 513-752-2828     501(c)(3): EIN 31-1673211
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