12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby to fall in love with this fall

Here are Dayton's top places to take a hike (video by Tabatha Wharton)
Enjoy an autumn walk on the bikeway in the Medlar Conservation Area. CONTRIBUTED (HANDOUT)

Autumn is here and we are ready to fall in love all over again with the many color-soaked trails Dayton has waiting to be trekked. We can practically hear the leaves crunching under our boots, already!

There are lots of trails and parks to choose from before you head out. So here's a guide to the best places to hike, bike and get some fresh air in the Dayton-area. 

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 check before you go.

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1.) HUFFMAN METROPARK

Huffman Dam at Huffman Metropark (courtesy of 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.

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2.) EASTWOOD METROPARK

Eastwood Metropark (courtesy of 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.

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3.) TAYLORSVILLE METROPARK

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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.

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4.) DEEDS POINT METROPARK

courtesy Dayton Orignials

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

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5.) ISLAND METROPARK

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.

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6.) TWIN CREEK METROPARK

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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   

The Osage Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark makes the perfect walking trail (CONTRIBUTED)

 

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.

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8.) JOHN BRYAN STATE PARK

courtesy 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.

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9.) GREAT MIAMI RIVER TRAIL

courtesy 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, but must be on a leash.

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10.) CHARLESTON FALLS PRESERVE

courtesy: HomeGrownGreat.com

LOCATION: Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 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 TRAIL

courtesy 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 

courtesy 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 MetroParkMetered 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 festivals and special events.

Did we miss your favorite hiking spot? Drop us a line and let us know: contact@dayton.com.

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