Here are Dayton's top places to take a hike (video by Tabatha Wharton)

Beautiful blooms and budding trees: 6 of the best Dayton trails to hike in the spring

Spring is here, and we’re itching to hit the trails. 

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There are plenty of Dayton parks to venture into any time of the year. Springtime, however, is a special time for our MetroParks. 

“Spring is a great time to experience nature in your favorite MetroPark, as everything is starting to wake up after a long winter,” said Laura Stevens, MetroParks interpretation coordinator. “Each MetroPark offers something special during the spring, from budding trees to beautiful blooms. There’s something for all ages to experience and enjoy.”

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According to the experts, these are the Dayton-area hikes that you don’t want to miss as we dive into spring.

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Aullwood in spring
Photo: Five Rivers MetroPark

1. Aullwood Garden MetroPark, 955 Aullwood Rd., Dayton

The 31-acre estate “hosts floral displays that reflect a natural look and harmonize with the surrounding woodland,” said Kimberly Ballweg, Five Rivers MetroParks horticulture technician. The grounds of Aullwood overflow with dozens of spring blooms. Click here for park map.

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A white trillium, the official Ohio state wildflower, can be found at Taylorsville MetroPark. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)
Photo: Eamon Queeney/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

2. Taylorsville MetroPark, 2000 U.S. 40, Vandalia

Wildflowers accompany hikers along the entirety of the Taylorsville bike path route, going north from the Tadmor parking lot. Stevens said the trilliums, a genus of perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions, is what makes the trail a must in the spring. Click here for park map.

Hiking in Germantown
Photo: Five Rivers Metroparks

3. Germantown MetroPark’s Silver Trail, 7101 Conservancy Road, Germantown

The popular trilliums in Taylorsville also take over parts of the Germantown MetroPark silver trail. Click here for park map.

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Hiking in Germantown
Photo: Five Rivers Metroparks

4. Germantown MetroPark’s Bob Seibenthaler Natural Area, 7101 Conservancy Rd., Germantown

As soon as those first days of spring consistently show up, the trees in the Bob Seibenthaler Natural Area begin to wildly bloom. Click here for park map.

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People enjoy springtime at Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Photo: Five Rivers MetroPark

5. Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton

The beautifully-paved loop paths of Cox Arboretum have practically been waiting all year for spring to line its paths with spring blooms. There is also a separate wildflower garden, as well as a daffodil display. Click here for park map.

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Daffodils in bloom at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell

6. Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton

One of Dayton’s most enchanted day trips, Wegerzyn Gardens is possibly in its prime come spring. Arches crawling with wildflowers hover over walking paths, giving way lengthy boardwalks looping the gardens. Click here for park map.

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