|National and State Trails Traverse Montgomery County
The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) stretches over 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states and is administered by the National Park Service.
The Buckeye Trail (BT), Ohio’s State Trail, winds over 1400 miles through 48 counties around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer.
These long distance trails are co-aligned through the Dayton area as they are through much of Ohio, locally following the Mad River and Great Miami Recreation Trails. The trails are marked by 2x6 inch blue blazes along the route and volunteers work closely with the land managers to promote the trail and maintain the blazes. The Miami Rivers Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association supports much of the work in the Dayton area.
In Montgomery County, these trails run together through the following MetroParks:
For an overview of the Buckeye and North Country Trail through the Miami Valley look for the blue dotted line on the Miami Valley Bikeways Map.
In addition, Dayton has been designated a Trail Town by the Buckeye Trail Association and North Country Trail Association. This designation showcases Dayton as a hiking destination complete with quality trail, maps and resources along with nearby amenities such as camping, services, and supplies to support the hiker along Ohio’s Great Corridor.
For a listing of camping and other services go to outdoordayton.com.
Additional information including detailed maps can be found at the respective websites below: