Ryan Williams of Lancaster and Savannah Martin of Bexley enjoy walking through the Osage Orange Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark for the first time.
Photo: Connie Post
Photo: Connie Post

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The best places to enjoy nature with a walk or run

It’s Earth Day. And what better way to experience Mother Nature than with a walk in Dayton’s great outdoors.

One of the greatest things about living in Dayton is the abundance of amazing parks and trails.

>> Complete list of Best of Dayton winners

But which trails are the best for a walk or run?

>>12 top hiking trails in Dayton 

Here are the best routes for a walk or run, as voted by Dayton.com readers in the 2018 Best of Dayton poll:

WINNER: John Bryan State Park

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John Bryan is the most scenic state park in western Ohio. The 752-acre park contains a remarkable limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River, which is designated as a state and national scenic river. A portion of the gorge itself is designated as a national natural landmark. There are plenty of trails to hike for hikers of all experience levels.

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3790 State Rt. 370, Yellow Springs | WebsiteFacebook 

2ND PLACE: Sugarcreek MetroPark 

Osage Orange Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark.
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Sugarcreek MetroPark always has something new waiting to be discovered by visitors. The expansive metropark consists of different types of landscapes as hikers trek further along its many lengthy trails. While you’re there, be sure to find the living tree tunnel.

>>Here’s something you probably don’t know about the living-tree tunnel in Sugarcreek Metropark

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4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook | FacebookWebsite

THIRD PLACE: Charleston Falls Preserve 

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Charleston Falls Preserve has over 216 acres of prairie and forests and nearly 4 miles of trails. It’s the perfect place to hike and view a gorgeous waterfall.

>> 4 breathtaking waterfalls you must visit near Dayton

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2535 Ross Road, Tipp City | WebsiteFacebook 

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