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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Cincinnati

A list of the best places to fly your drone in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In this article, we’ve scouted out the best places to fly a drone in Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you live in (or are traveling to) Cincinnati, please use this page as a resource to better understand not just where to fly, but also where it’s legal and illegal to fly a drone. We provide guidance on regulations to help you stay compliant with both federal and local rules.

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A Sectional Chart of the airspace surrounding Cincinnati, OH. Source: VFR Map

Cincinnati Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

The first thing to understand about flying a drone in Cincinnati (or any city for that matter) is that under federal FAA regulations, you are either operating recreationally or commercially.

If flying commercially, it doesn’t matter if you’re flying within five miles of an airport. What matters is whether or not you’re in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D or E) or uncontrolled airspace (Class G). If you’re operating commercially in Class B, C, D, or E controlled airspace, you’ll need to request airspace authorization. And you may have to do this through LAANC. When we list locations below, we’ll share whether they sit in controlled or uncontrolled airspace.

Get up-to-date airspace information, including temporary flight restrictions, using tools like B4UFLY, Kittyhawk, or Airmap.

Interested in becoming an FAA-certified drone pilot so you can operate under the Part 107 regulations and make money flying your drone? Check out our industry-leading, online training course over at Drone Pilot Ground School.

So those are the federal rules.

But what about local Cincinnati drone laws?

Here’s a guide we put together for drone laws in Ohio. Make sure to consult that to see if there are any local drone ordinances you should follow in Cincinnati. When in doubt, use good judgment and follow the FAA’s guidelines.

Note: The content on this page is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of legal counsel. If we missed something, or if you have further questions, please send an email to support[at]uavcoach[dot]com, and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Where to Fly a Drone in Cincinnati

Alrighty—without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to fly a drone in the Cincinnati area. We selected these locations based on airspace restrictions, accessibility, and attractions. You’ll find that most of the locations we’ve chosen are located in uncontrolled, Class G airspace where you don’t need to request permission to fly. Additionally, we made sure to highlight any locations with designated sUAS/remote aircraft fields.

1 — Mount Echo Park

202 Crestline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205

Mount Echo Park sits upon on a wooded hill adjacent to the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio. It consists of over 84 acres featuring hiking trails, picnic areas, and the historic pavilion that was built back in 1928. The park offers an incredible view of Downtown Cincinnati that is truly unique. Drone pilots will enjoy its close proximity to the city and the numerous filming opportunities that this location presents.

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Source: Ibagli

2 — Bellevue Hill Park

2191 Ohio Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Bellevue Hill Park sits on a hill 400 feet above downtown Cincinnati. It features one of the best views found anywhere in the city. The park was originally home to the Bellevue House, which was a popular place for dancing. Drone pilots will appreciate the wide-open park and its picturesque views.

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Source: Bellevue Hill Park

3 — Voice of America Metropark

7850 VOA Park Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069

Voice of America Metropark is located in West Chester Township, Ohio. It consists of over 435 acres and a 35-acre lake. Most of the park is wide-open grass fields, which makes it perfect for flying a drone. The park is home to various bird species that also enjoy this beautiful property. With that said, please always remain vigilant of birds when operating a drone.

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4 — East Fork State Park

3294 Elklick Rd, Bethel, OH 45106

East Fork State Park consists of 4,870 acres and is located in Bethel, Ohio. It features a diverse landscape including rolling hills, rivers, and William H. Harsha Lake. Drone pilots will enjoy this location for its breathtaking views. The combination of the mature trees and the scenic views of the lake makes for some incredible drone footage.

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5 — Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club Field (AMA)

1912 Woodsdale Rd. Trenton, Ohio 45067

The Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club Field is located in Trenton, Ohio. The airfield is situated in a peaceful rural setting. The property features a large runway and a sheltered area for when a break is needed. Wide-open fields make this an ideal location for drone pilots to fly and hone their skills.

Aerial Tour GCRCC Field

Have Another Place You like to Fly Your Drone in Cincinnati?

We hope this list was helpful.

Do you have any other locations in Cincinnati where you like to fly your drone?

Let us know in our community forum over here: https://community.uavcoach.com/topic/5933-where-to-fly-a-drone-in-cincinnati/

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Cincinnati

If you’re new to drones or looking to take your flight skills to the next level, we offer hands-on drone flight training in the Cincinnati area. Our classes are typically 90 minutes long, and our expert instructors walk you through what to do before, during and after your flight—you’ll practice intelligent flight modes and learn how to stay safe but also how to get the shots or data you need. During the class, you’ll also get a chance to ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more.

Sign up for a hands-on drone flight training class in Cincinnati.