The Queen City has long been defined by the Ohio River and its surrounding hills which reminded early German settlers of the Rhine River Valley, but the hills have also provided natural corridors through the city along with valuable real estate for homes and businesses.

In order to help celebrate and promote this unique natural asset, The Hillside Trust is in the process of distributing 50,000 brochures highlighting Cincinnati’s dynamic views from places like Eden Park, Mt. Echo and Bellevue Park.

“These overlooks represent an iconic part of Cincinnati’s landscape and livability,” exclaimed Eric Russo, Executive Director of The Hillside Trust.

Eastern view from Wilson Commons Overlook in East Price Hill [TOP], and Jackson Hill Park Overlook looking southwest from Mt. Auburn [TOP]. Photographs provided by The Hillside Trust.

Russo went on to say that Cincinnati’s numerous overlooks are an asset that can be used to market and promote the city as a unique place to live and work.

The 18 overlooks profiled in the brochures cover the city’s western, central and eastern hillsides. Each of the overlooks were also identified as “high priority” for protection in the 2007 Cincinnati Scenic View Study produced by The Hillside Trust for the City of Cincinnati.

The brochures were funded through $15,000 provided by two family foundations, and are currently being distributed to regional convention and visitor bureaus, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and libraries and parks throughout the city for free distribution to the public.

The family foundations wanted to see the brochures used in a way to attract attention and encourage the public to visit the prominent overlooks. In addition to photographs of the views from each location, the brochures also include unique facts, features and history about the sites.

“These overlooks originate from park lands, dead end streets, roadways and public staircases,” explained Russo. “All offer unique and spectacular viewing experiences.”

The brochures were designed by Cincinnati-based Linserpelle Creative, and include locator maps so that they may be used for self-guided tours. The brochures can also be downloaded for free on The Hillside Trust’s website.