8 places to soak up fall’s beauty near Dayton

Fall is here, and the perfect time of year for walks, hikes or bike rides to soak up all of its beauty.

You can never go wrong at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, of course.

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Amid peak fall color, hikers walk the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail in John Bryan state Park that follows the course of the Little Miami River and is wide enough for two people. John Bryan near Yellow Springs is considered by many to be the most scenic state park in western Ohio. (JIM WITMER)

But what about our other parks?

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We turned to Five Rivers MetroParks for their top picks on the best places to enjoy fall foliage. 

Here are 8 places to visit courtesy of Lauren Lemons, community engagement coordinator, for the parks.

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Germantown & Twin Creek MetroParks: Home to the 22-mile Twin Valley Backpacking Trail and miles of other trails, crossing a variety of terrain and habitats and offering scenic views to take in fall’s color pop. 

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Taylorsville MetroPark: The trails in East Park offer spectacular views of the Great Miami River, a rock outcrop and more. 

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Englewood MetroPark (East Park): Take the green trail to the beautiful cascading Patty, Oak, and Martindale waterfalls and check out the surrounded by fall foliage. 

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Sugarcreek MetroPark: Follow the orange or green trail to the site of the “Three Sisters,” three impressive ancient white oak trees, and then continue along the trail to experience the warm colors surrounding the Osage orange tunnel. This tunnel was created by the large arching branches of old Osage orange trees and is perfect for a quick fall family picture. 

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Hills & Dales MetroPark: Unique structures, beautiful monuments and towering autumn trees make Hills & Dales MetroPark a must for leaf peepers. The Adirondack-style shelter that overlooks Dogwood Pond is a beautiful place to check out fall foliage. Hike the 1.4-mile Adirondack Trail, including a loop around beautiful Dogwood Pond and a boardwalk through a forested wetland. 

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Carriage Hill MetroPark: Experience fall in the 1880s at the historical farm, then hit the trails to see the trees and prairie pop with warm fall colors. 

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Possum Creek MetroPark: Follow the purple trail through the Argonne Forest and discover beautiful woodlands — as well as the remnants of a 1930s- and 1940s-era amusement park known as the Argonne Forest Park. 

Huffman Metropark / Contributed photo (Frank Portner)

Huffman MetroPark: Grab a mountain bike and experience the fall color along the trails of MoMBA. For those who don’t have the great, Five Rivers MetroParks offers bike rentals on Saturdays through the end of September. Learn more.

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Fall foliage reports and a fall color event calendar is available on the ODNR website (

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