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Spring Grove Cemetery

4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232 USA

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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“Serenity, beauty, history, & heritage”

Serenity, beauty, history, heritage ― just a few of the reasons why hundreds of thousands of visitors from near and far enter through the gates of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum and Oak Hill Cemetery each year, and why so many return again and again.

Spring Grove was chartered in 1845, and is one of the largest nonprofit cemeteries in the United States, and the most beautiful according to thousands of visitors who come to visit every year. There are 733 acres of which approximately 450 acres are developed.

One of the things that Spring Grove is famous for is its lawn plan. The lawn plan was started by Strauch and considered unconventional at the time. Later, the lawn plan was accepted as a model for many other cemeteries. Strauch believed in developing the landscape to harmonize with nature. He re-routed roads to follow the natural shapes of Spring Grove's hills and valleys. He built lakes, islands, footbridges, protected woodland areas, and brought hundreds of trees and plants from other parts of the world. He asked lot owners to remove the fences and hedgerows they had built around grave sites. Spring Grove has been called by experts the major example of the American rural cemetery.

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Reviewed by
eric.ziegler.75

  • 29 Reviews
  • 41 Helpful
July 2, 2014

People get weirded out when they hear locals visit the cemetery just to hang out. Try to think of this as a really really large park that just happens to have dead people in the ground. I participated in a 5k here about a month ago and was so distracted by how beautiful the landscaping and architecture is.

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Reviewed by
Rejoice55

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2014

It was so beautiful! And the security folks were very helpful. We enjoyed the Civil War area, the beautiful trees, especially the Cyprus!

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Anna Hider

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  • 360 Helpful
May 17, 2014

It might sound morbid, but just walking around here is fascinating...there's way more to see than just tombstones!

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Reviewed by
George Murray

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  • 79 Helpful
February 17, 2016

Great place to ride your bike but no dogs allowed. Lots of interesting grave sites, architecture and scenery. You can get lost here, it's big.

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Reviewed by
Natalie Akers

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  • 371 Reviews
  • 109 Helpful
January 14, 2016

If you're looking for a walk (or hike) around Cincinnati, take the time to check out this place. Unbelievable stone memorials and mausoleums. Truly like a sculpture park. Go there for the craftsmanship or for reflection or just...go there, seriously!

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Abe Lincoln

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  • 16 Helpful
January 18, 2015

It's beautiful and so full of history! A lovely place to take a walk. The office even has maps that are very helpful!

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Spring Grove Cemetery

4521 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
45232 USA

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Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
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