Eastwood MetroPark offers a variety of water-based recreational activities as well as land-based recreational and leisurely activities. Come on out to Eastwood MetroPark and experience nature in your own way. The park is conveniently located within the city limits of Dayton. Eastwood MetroPark is connected with downtown Dayton by the Mad River Bikeway and with Beavercreek and Kettering by the Creekside and Ironhorse bikeways. A new extension of the Mad River Bikeway also connects this park with Huffman MetroPark, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Wright State University, plus the Fairborn and Riverside communities.
The park has over 3 miles of wooded and open meadow trails for walking, hiking,
running. It offers scenic views of the Mad River and native prairie plantings. The
trail is part of the North Country Trail and Buckeye Trails.
Eastwood MetroPark is connected with downtown Dayton by the Mad River Bikeway and with Beavercreek and Kettering by the Creekside and Ironhorse bikeways. A new extension of the Mad River Bikeway also connects this park with Huffman MetroPark, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Wright State University, plus the Fairborn and Riverside communities.
Picnic Areas and Green Space
Eastwood MetroPark is a great place for a family or group picnic. There are five
picnic shelters located near a children’s playground and flush restrooms. There
are numerous other picnic areas with grills and tables. The park has several vast
open areas for Frisbee, soccer, football or just about any game you would want to
Eastwood MetroPark has amenities for just about any type of boating available. On the lake, power boats, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing and fishing boats are permitted on the even dates of the month; sailboats, personal watercraft and fishing boats at idle speed are permitted on the odd dates. Kayaks and canoes are permitted all days of the week. Personal watercraft must use the designated area marked with buoys at the west end of the lake, and there is a speed limit of 35-miles per hour for all watercraft. The Blue lake and the lagoon offer boating access for boats that are people-powered or electric motors only.
Paddlers can also take advantage of canoe/kayak access on the Mad River from the lakeside.
The planned Mad River Run, a bank stabilization project funded in part by a generous donation from the Dayton Rotary, will provide a 4-mile paddling experience from Eastwood MetroPark to downtown Dayton. Kayakers and canoeists will be able to put in at Eastwood and take out near RiverScape MetroPark just below the bridge. Visit our paddle sports activity page to learn more about upcoming paddling programs and other local resources to help you explore our region’s water trails.
There are a variety of fishing opportunities at Eastwood MetroPark. The lake has many species
of fish as it is fed indirectly by the Mad River and has been and will continue
to be stocked by ODNR. You can fish by boat or from the shoreline.
Some of the more sought after fish are walleye and saugeye, crappies, catfish and
largemouth bass; however many other species have been caught, like bluegill and
other sunfish, carp, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout as well as an occasional exotic
(Please contact the Wildlife Biologist if you catch an exotic fish, we wish to keep
our species native and an exotic could become detrimental to the natural ecosystem).
Fishing is also permitted in the Mad River, blue lake and lagoon. An Ohio fishing license is required to fish in the lake
and Mad River, but is not required in the lagoon or Blue Lake.