Best of Dayton 2018: Fitness, Outdoors & Recreation winners 

We’ve gotten to know our fellow Daytonians over the years. 

The mere mention of a MetroPark or hiking trail gets people around here buzzing about all this city has to offer the outdoorsy kind. 

From riverside trails lined with beautiful wildlife, to energetic and supportive fitness groups — Dayton is a wonderful place to break a sweat. 

With tons of outdoor recreation and fitness options to choose from in the Dayton area, it’s a pretty high honor to be named the best of the best. Here are the top three winners in each fitness and outdoor recreation category in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest. 

🏆Best Bike Route

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Along the Little Miami Scenic Trail north of Yellow Springs, you'll see plenty of soybean fields through the trees. (Connie Post)
Miami Valley Cycling Summit Century Ride participants will venture along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

WINNER: Little Miami Scenic Trail


SECOND PLACE: Great Miami River Trail


THIRD PLACE: Xenia Station


🏆Best Gym

Students work out at Femme Fatale Fitness. CONTRIBUTED

WINNER: Femme Fatale Fitness 

4623 Gateway Circle, Kettering | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Gem City CrossFit

93 Compark Road, Dayton | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Rinse Cycle Dayton 

760 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best Park or Playground

The Archeology Adventure Zone playground at Carillon Historical Park, one of the hidden playgrounds to explore around the Miami Valley (TABATHA WHARTON/STAFF)
The sights and sounds of the season are on display at Carillon Historical Park's A Carillon Christmas. The event runs through Dec. 30. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER (Tom Gilliam)

WINNER: Carillon Park

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: RiverScape MetroPark

237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best Place for a Picnic

People enjoy springtime at Cox Arboretum MetroPark (Five Rivers MetroPark)
Cox Arboretum MetroPark (HANDOUT)

WINNER: Cox Arboretum

 6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton | Website | Facebook 

SECOND PLACE: Carillon Park

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Hills & Dales MetroPark

2655 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best Place to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

Aerial silks are just one of the unique options offered at Femme Fatale Fitness in Kettering. CONTRIBUTED

WINNER: Femme Fatale Fitness 

4623 Gateway Circle, Kettering | WebsiteFacebook 


125 Clay St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Rinse Cycle Dayton

760 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best Place to Take Your Dog

(Erika Stephens)

WINNER: Montgomery County Bark Park

6790 Webster St., Dayton | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Deeds Dog Park

510 Webster St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: SICSA Lift Your Leg (race)

(SICSA address) 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best Route for a Walk or Run 

Aurora Borealis on 10-24-2011 from John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs, Ohio 200 second exposure, ISO 400, 8mm fisheye lens (John Chumack/John Chumack)

WINNER: John Bryan State Park

3790 State Rt. 370, Yellow Springs | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Sugarcreek MetroPark

4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook | Website | Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Charleston Falls Preserve 

2535 Ross Road, Tipp City | WebsiteFacebook 

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