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The Dayton region provides many opportunities for residents to enjoy recreation on regional trails. In Montgomery County, our bikeway system provides more than 70 miles of paved, multi-use trails for cycling, walking, running, rollerblading or cross-country skiing. Additionally, there are opportunities for hiking, backpacking or trail runnning on regional and nationally recognized hiking trails. In 2010, The Great Miami River, Mad River, and Stillwater River were designated as state watertrails.

For temporary closures or construction updates, visit our Alerts page.

Bikeways

Six bikeways pass through Montgomery County all of which are partially or completely managed by MetroParks. For details on these trails, click the links below. You may also download a detailed PDF map of the bikeways in Montgomery County.

Creekside Bikeway
Creekside begins at Eastwood MetroPark, passing through both residential and commercial areas before meeting its intersection with the Iron Horse Bikeway near US 35. Here, Creekside heads due east along the highway, and eventually passes over the Montgomery County line into Greene County.
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Great Miami River Bikeway
From urban skylines to beautiful river vistas, the Great Miami River Bikeway and Recreation Trail has something for everyone. The trail winds its way near parks, museums, picnic facilities, acres of natural land and over gently rolling terrain—a perfect match for the runner, roller blader or cyclist.
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Iron Horse Bikeway
The Iron Horse Bikeway begins at State Farm Park and travels east to the National Guard Armory at County Line Road and travels along Spaulding Road on a widened concrete sidewalk. From there it travels on asphalt adjacent to Eastown Shopping Center along the abandoned railway corridor, eventually merging with the Creekside Trail.
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Mad River Bikeway
Thanks to the new 3.6 mile extension, The Mad River Bikeway now connects downtown Dayton with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Air Force Museum, Huffman MetroPark and the Huffman Prairie Trail, and the Kauffman Avenue Bikeway which extends to Wright State University and Fairborn. The new bikeway segment is also part of the multistate, 4,600 mile North Country Trail, as well as Ohio's Buckeye Trail, that continues past Fairborn on-road to Springfield and beyond.
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Stillwater River Bikeway
Lining the banks of the scenic Stillwater River are some of the region's largest stands of sycamore, maple and ash trees. Lush in spring and summer, and ablaze with color in the fall, the Stillwater River Bikeway and Recreation Trail provides runners, roller bladers and cyclists with serene and diverse terrain.
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Wolf Creek Bikeway
The Wolf Creek Trail begins where Wolf Creek intersects the Great Miami River near downtown Dayton. Heading northwest, the trail follows along the creek–one of five waterways that give Five Rivers MetroParks its name.
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Medlar Bikeway
The Medlar Bikeway connects to the Great Miami River Bikeway just north of Crains Run Park and south of Miamisburg and runs through the Medlar Conservation Area. The trail is one of the most scenic in the area as it traverses a prairie, skirts wetlands, winds through a beech forest, and goes over a scenic hilltop overlook.
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Hiking Trails

North Country National Trail and Buckeye Trail
The entire North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states. The NCT generally follows the Buckeye Trail *in Ohio, but diverges from it or is planned to in several locations. In Montgomery County, these trails run togther through five of your MetroParks.
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Twin Valley Backpacking Trail
Backpacking in Five Rivers MetroParks has arrived! The Twin Valley Trail offers 22 miles of backcountry trail connecting Germantown and Twin Creek MetroPark. Secluded campsites are available along the trail.
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Additionally, many of your MetroParks have shorter hiking trails available within the park. Find a Park and check the individual park pages for trail maps.

Water Trails

The Dayton area has an incredible resource with its network of rivers and streams. Five Rivers MetroParks is actively working to create better access to water, increased amenities such as camping and potential whitewater play spots. Ultimately, our vision is to have an integrated system of recreation and water trails that can be used in a variety of ways to improve the quality of life in the Dayton region.

Great Miami River
The Great Miami River was designated as a state water trail in August 2010.

Mad River
The Mad River was designated as a state water trail in August 2010.

Stillwater River
The Stillwater River was designated as a state water trail in August 2010.


All of these waterways are managed by the Miami Conservancy District in the Miami Valley.

Regional Trails in the Miami Valley

Maimi Valley Bikeways Map
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AlertFrom time to time a trail may be closed due to severe weather, construction or general maintenance. Visit our Alerts page to check for closures.
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Plan a Bike Trip- use the new Miami Valley Trails website to help make your next trip a reality. The new expanded website will help you get ready to ride. Plan Your Trip >>
Benefits of Trails
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In today’s world, the opportunity to recreate in dedicated greenspace is incredibly important, and there are many benefits:
  • Trail use improves health and fitness, reduces stress and improves self-esteem.
  • Trails provide safe and enjoyable fun for all ages.
  • Trails help us connect with nature and enhance our lives.
  • Trails preserve natural land and open spaces.
  • Trails enhance property values.
  • Trails provide opportunities to use alternate modes of transportation.
 
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