12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

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12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

Take a hike, or a bike!

No matter the season, Dayton has an abundance of beautiful nature that you need to experience. 

One of the best ways to do this is by getting outdoors and seeing all that Dayton has to offer. Here's a guide to the best places to hike, bike and get some fresh air. It includes where to go, the trails with the best views, everyday activities, and even tips on places with the best pet policy.

Depending on the season and the weather, some trails may be closed -- so be sure to check before you go.

1.) HUFFMAN METROPARK
 

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 1 Source: DaytonOriginals.com

LOCATION: 4439 Lower Valley Pike, Dayton
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Bicycling
- Birding
- Cross-country Skiing
- Hiking
- Historical Features
- Nature Study
- Outdoor Play
- Picnicking
- Walking
- Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Canoeing/Kayaking

PARK HOURS: April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY? Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

2.) EASTWOOD METROPARK

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 2 Source: Mary Lou Guizzo
LOCATION:
1385 Harshman Road, Dayton
INFO:
(937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:  

- Bicycling
- Birding
- Cross-country
- Skiing (seasonal)
- Hiking
- Nature Study
- Outdoor Play
- Picnicking
- Walking
- Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Canoeing/Kayaking
- Waterskiing
- Wakeboarding
- Tubing
- Power boating
- Walking

PARK HOURS: April 1 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY? Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

3.) TAYLORSVILLE METROPARK

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 3
Source: daytonwanderingdotcom.files.wordpress.com

LOCATION: 2000 State Route 40, Vandalia
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Bicycling 
- Birding
- Canoeing & Kayaking
- Cross-Country Skiing (seasonal)
- Fishing
- Camping
- Hiking
- Historical Features
- Nature Study
- Outdoor Play
- Picnicking
- Skating
- Sledding (seasonal)
- Walking

PARK HOURS: April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY? Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

4.) DEEDS POINT METROPARK

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 4
Source: DaytonOriginals.org

LOCATION: 510 Webster St., Dayton
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Bicycling
- Birding
- Fishing
- Historical Features
- Nature Study
- Outdoor Play
- Blanket Picnicking
- Walking

PARK HOURS: 24-hour access
PARKING: Free parking is available 
DOG FRIENDLY?
Dogs and pets welcome

5.) ISLAND METROPARK

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 5
Source: Mary Lou Guizzo

LOCATION: 101 E. Helena Street Dayton
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Bicycling
- Birding
- Jogging
- Historical Features
- Outdoor Play
- Picnicking
- Walking

PARK HOURS: April - Oct., 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Nov. - March 31, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY? Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

6.) TWIN CREEK METROPARK

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 6
Source: rlsnyder.us

LOCATION: 9688 Eby Road, Germantown
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Birding
- Camping
- Cross-country Skiing
- Hiking
- Historical Features
- Nature Study
- Outdoor Play
- Picnicking
- Walking
- Kayaking/Canoeing
- Sitting/Relaxing
- Equestrian Trails

PARK HOURS: April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY?
Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

7.) SUGARCREEK METROPARK

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Source: Flickr.com

LOCATION: 4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Birding
- Camping
- Cross-country Running
- Equestrian Trails
- Fossil Collecting
- Hiking
- Nature Study
- Outdoor Play
- Picnicking
- Walking

PARK HOURS: April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY? Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

8.) JOHN BRYAN STATE PARK

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 8
Source: DaytonWanderingdotcom.files.wordpress.com

LOCATION: 3790 State Route 370 , Yellow Springs
INFO: (937) 767-1274 | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Natural Features
- Scenic views of the Great Miami River & Miami Shores Golf Course
- Beautiful wooded area
- Historical Features
- 2 Historic locks
- Historic Twin Arches

PARK HOURS: Trails close at dusk; trail store closes at 10 p.m.; park gates never close
PARKING: Free
DOG FRIENDLY? Pets are permitted in most day use areas, but must be on a leash.

9.) GREAT MIAMI RIVER TRAIL

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 9
Source: MiamiValleyTrails.org

LOCATION: 901 Dye Mill Road, Troy
INFO: (937) 335-6273 | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Biking
- Walking
- Running
- Inline Skating
- Fishing
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Cross Country Skiing

PARK HOURS: Trail closes at dusk
PARKING: Free parking is available
DOG FRIENDLY? Pets are permitted in most day use area but must be on a leash.

10.) CHARLESTON FALLS PRESERVE

Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 10
Source: HomeGrownGreat.com

LOCATION: Charleston Falls Preserve2535 Ross Road, Tipp City
INFO: (937) 335-6273 | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Activities
- Hiking Trails
- Nature Programs
- Wildlife Pond Observation Deck
- Prairie Viewing Platform
- Picnicking
- Falls Observation Boardwalk
- Hands-on Environmental Education
- Campfire Programs
- 3.74 miles of trail
- Observation platforms
- Viewing boardwalk
- Restrooms

PARK HOURS: 8 a.m. to sunset
PARKING: Free parking available 
DOG FRIENDLY? Pets are permitted in most day use areas, but must be on a leash.

11.) IRON HORSE TRAILFall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 11Source: MiamiValleyTrails.org

LOCATION: 6161 Millshire Drive, Centerville
INFO: (937) 275-7275 | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Baseball Diamonds (2)
- Drinking Fountain (off November-March)
- Multi-use Trails (paved)
- Picnic Shelter
- Picnic Tables
- Play Equipment
- Restrooms (portable in winter)
- Sled Hill
- Soccer fields (fall only)
- Lacrosse fields (spring only)

PARK HOURS: Park closes at dusk
PARKING:
Parking and trail access is available at Iron Horse Park in Centerville. Visitors may take Interstate 675 to State Route 48 north, turn right onto Whipp Road, and then turn right onto Millshire Drive. The entrance to the park is on the right.
DOG FRIENDLY? Pets are permitted in most day use areas, but must be on a leash.

12.) RIVERSCAPE METROPARK Fall Hiking Guide: Top 12 Trails in Dayton and Nearby, item 12
Source: TrailLink.com

LOCATION: RiverScape MetroPark, 11 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
INFO: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES/FEATURES:

- Bike
- Inline Skating
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Walking
- Cross-Country Skiing

PARKING: Parking and trail access are available at Webster Street at Corridor Drive and at the Springfield Street entrance of the Eastwood MetroPark. Metered parking is free weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on the weekends. There are over 30 parking garages/lots in the downtown area.
PARK HOURS:
Open 365 days a year, including Christmas and New Year’s Day 
DOG FRIENDLY? Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times. We ask that guests please leave their pets at home during events.


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