New Year’s Orienteering Things to Do in Butler Co, OH

Orienteering is an internationally recognized sport that requires navigation skills using a map and compass to navigate through a series of checkpoints in a diverse environment, usually over unfamiliar terrain . The sport can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a more competitive activity. Last year, the event attracted around 80 participants.

“You can treat it like a scavenger hunt or like a cross-country race for those who want to participate. You choose your own route. You have a series of destination points that you try to visit,” Minium said.

Beginners will receive instructions and tips from the event organizers. Those who have never participated before can expect to complete the approximately one-mile distance, all on major park trails. For more advanced courses, the navigation moves away from the path and the distance becomes longer.

“You are constantly making choices. Is it better to go through or bypass? Is it faster to take a short, hilly trail, or maybe a longer, flatter trail that goes around the hill? »

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Along with the course, participants use a detailed topographic map of the park to find a series of checkpoints. A standard course usually consists of a start, a series of control sites or checkpoints marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and an arrival . There are usually eight to 10 checkpoints per course. The map is the main tool used by the participants. However, some participants may choose to use a compass.

“It’s a great way to get outside. It’s a great time of year to be in the woods, even if it’s a bit colder. You have to dress for the weather, but you can see so much further than in the summer with the leaves down. There are a lot of interesting things to see, like animals and other things in the forest,” Minium said.

It is also a great opportunity for physical fitness. Participants can do everything from light exercise with a walk in the park to running or jogging, achieving a solid cardiovascular workout.


What: New Year’s Orienteering

Or: Camp Timberhill, 3976 Hamilton-Middletown Road, just north of Hamilton. (The camp entrance is on the west side of Ohio 4 between By-Pass 4 and Liberty-Fairfield Road.) From Interstate 75 take Ohio 129 West to Hamilton and exit at Ohio Bypass 4 North. Where Bypass 4 joins Ohio 4, turn right onto Ohio 4 for approximately 1 mile. Watch for the narrow gravel driveway on the left with the MetroParks “Timberhill” sign, just before Innovative Labeling Solutions.

When: Monday, January 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., lesson of approximately one hour.

Event Fees: $10 for non-members (includes timing card and chip), OCIN members will receive a discount. A MetroParks of Butler County vehicle permit is required and can be purchased at the event. $5 per day, $10 per year, park permit is free for Butler County residents with ID.

More information: and the special events page on (More details are available at, or by emailing Mike Minium at [email protected])

Dino J. Dotson