Cody Sowers
contributor cody sowers

Hi, my name is Cody. I grew up in the woods of Southeastern Ohio, and developed a love for nature at an early age. I got older, went to college, and got a degree in a nature related field. Also around this time, I married my amazing wife, moved out West and immersed myself into Southern California’s natural wonders. Fast forward a few years, and we have put down our family roots in the Cincinnati region and are exploring with our little ones in all of the amazing natural areas that this region has to offer.

What do I like to do? Mostly, I am a cyclist. Mountain biking, road biking, commuting, cargo bikes, etc. Basically if you pedal it and it has wheels, then I am a fan. Apart from cycling, I also enjoy trail running, hiking, birding, camping, canoeing, backpacking, and nature photography. I originally started blogging for something creative to do, and a place to post my random cycling related pictures.
Now, I want to share my outdoor adventures, and help you find the great outdoor recreation spots in the area. Apart from the trip reports, you will also find reviews of the gear that I am using, and also some reviews of the local Cincinnati beer scene. Beer reviews on an outdoor recreation site? Absolutely.

You can contact me through my email at or through Twitter @OutsideCincy or @codsow.

Past Contributors
If you notice the tag “Guest Post” on a gear review, it is from the wonderful staff at Roads Rivers and Trails, located in downtown Milford Ohio. They are probably some of the most experienced outdoor folk in the gear industry, and also have an intense gear testing process. If it is in their shop, you know it is quality.

Check them out on the web at!

Feel like contributing?
We are always looking for contributors for Outside Cincinnati! Have something to say about the great outdoors? Shoot me an email at!



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  1. We are Joe,

    Local powersports video production company considering doing video trail reviews in SW Ohio. Will be seeking info on trails that we do not already know, as well as info on the status of popo enforcement on trails that had been “banned”, examples, Ault, My Airy, etc. It is time to become active. There is no harm in riding bikes. As bikers, we create less ware, and perform better trail maintainance that the elitists at the Sierra club.
    Some of us Created the trails that hikers have banned us from. This should be unacceptable.
    An ATV trail review:

    Hoping we can learn about where the “hidden gems” are located.

    • Hi Joe,
      Thanks for reading. While I love power sports, I grew up in an Enduro racing family, I think this might be the wrong forum for you. Riding trails illegally is not a good idea, whether that be on a quad, horse or mountain bike. Luckily, there are many places for all disciplines of getting outside and being active, motor or not.

  2. No. You misunderstand. While I am a test-rider for an online publication that reviews ATV’s, I have also been riding my MTB for a couple of decades, and that’s the kind of review I am talking about. Ride illegally? And just how did it become illegal? It became illegal the same way that it can become legal again, especially considering some little known info that I recently recieved from somebody in the parks department.
    But if you would rather hang your head, and think that it could never happen, then “contribute” is a word that you might be taking too lightly.

    Thanks anyway.


    • Joe,
      Sorry, I was under the impression that you were talking about ATVs. You mentioned ATVs, then mentioned “bikes” so I automatically put that into the motor sports category. My confusion.

      If you would like to contribute, or at least chat about contributing, please feel free to shoot me an email at

  3. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal
    but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about making my
    own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions?

    • Hello,
      Not difficult at all setting up a blog. WordPress makes it very easy to get started, my advice would be to just start playing around with themes, and see what works for you. Blogs are always a work in progress! Hope that helps any, good luck!

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