Next on the trail, visitors can hike around the top and up-close to Patty Falls, named for the Patty family who settled nearby. Five Rivers referred to Patty Falls as “wide, rocky, wet-weather falls” that sits alongside a smaller cascade that trickles all year long.
Patty Falls can best be described as serene. A bench directly across the cascade, along the ridge, is a beautiful spot to rest and watch before continuing on to the last stop on the waterfall tour.
Patty Falls in Englewood MetroPark
Just a few minutes farther down the path is a view of the smaller Oaks Falls. Though sometimes only a small stream cascades down the rock face, hiking above the falls opens up a great view to the forest canopy.
“Those who don’t want to do the entire hike can use the trail intersections to customize their hike, making it shorter,” said Lauren Lemons, Five Rivers MetroParks community outreach coordinator. “North towards Martindale Falls, there is also a bit of a steep hill to traverse. The best way to plan a trip to see these falls is by downloading the MetroParks mobile app to check elevation and customize your hike: www.metroparks.org/mobile.”
After checking off the waterfall stops, people should consider making time to visit “Big Blue,” a champion blue ash tree.
“Many of the trees in the forested areas Five Rivers MetroParks protects have been around much longer than MetroParks, the city of Dayton — even the state of Ohio,” Five Rivers MetroParks officials say on the park system’s website. “Imagine all the changes these old trees have seen. … You’ll find Big Blue just past the stone gate entrance to the West Park area, found at 100 East National Road.”
Other park amenities found at Englewood include boating, camping, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, paddling and much more. visit metroparks.org/places-to-go/englewood/ to plan your waterfall adventure.