The Harrison area is located 25 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati, bordering Indiana to the west.
Interstate 275 connects Harrison with Cincinnati to the east, Indiana to the west, Kentucky and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to the south, and links two other major Interstates, I-75 and I-71. Primarily a residential community, several important industrial firms are located near the area. In 1804 a Revolutionary War soldier from New York made the first purchase of acreage in the area, although at that time there were at least a half dozen log homes already built and occupied. Interstate 74 divides the area and soon after the construction of this major highway, families from more densely populated areas east of Harrison contributed to the development of newer communities to the south of I-74. The north remains primarily homes on larger lots, with some developments restricted to at least five acre tracts.
Access to the area is by auto, via Interstate 74 or U.S. 52. The area is located within 20 minutes of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and, adjacent to the city, Harrison Airport accommodates small private and corporate aircraft.
Cincinnati, Hamilton and Lawrenceburg hospitals serve the Harrison area, and Mercy Franciscan Medi-Center - Harrison puts a paramedic unit and air care in the immediate area. Numerous physicians, dental, optical offices and a medical lab are situated in Harrison and the Bright Health Center and Ludlow Hill Clinic are nearby.
The area is served by several shopping plazas, including Tall Oaks and Crossroads Plaza. Additional strip centers are currently under development. Restaurants, pharmacies, barbers and beauticians, child care centers, sport shops, jewelers and grocery supermarkets are among the services available in Harrison. Excellent shopping facilities are located approximately 15 minutes east in western Cincinnati.
The City of Harrison maintains four recreational playfields for sports activities, and two parks. The recreation commission operates supervised summer recreation programs. Local groups have youth baseball, football and soccer programs. Miami-Whitewater Forest, operated by the Hamilton County Park Board, adjoins the area and offers golfing, swimming, fishing, camping and horseback riding. Two private golf courses and a swim and tennis club are in the immediate vicinity. Brookville Lake is 20 minutes from Harrison, offering all outdoor recreation plus provisions for boating and sailing.