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  Eastwood MetroPark
Eastwood MetroPark
1385 Harshman Road, Dayton, Ohio 45431
(937) 275-PARK (7275)
 
   
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Mad River Run
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Summer Update
Eastwood MetroPark continues to be the best local spot for power boats, sailboats and personal watercraft to enjoy a beautiful day on a 185-acre lake with views of downtown Dayton.

With four picnic shelters, some shaded by large trees, there is no better place to enjoy a family gathering with a playground nearby and large open areas to explore. Cool off with a paddle down the Mad River or the lagoon. And don’t forget night fishing at the lake continues through September on Friday and Saturday nights.

Ample parking is available for easy access to the Mad River and Creekside Bikeways, as well as the new Mad River Run whitewater feature.

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EagleEastwood Eagles:
Did you know that two Bald Eagles, known as Jim and Cindy, have nested across the road from Eastwood MetroPark at the City of Dayton Mad River Well Field? This pair has been hunting at Eastwood Lake and along the Mad River ever since.they built their nest in 2009. They are currently rearing a couple of eaglets!
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    • Highlights of Eastwood MetroPark include a 185-acre lake, Mad River, picnic shelters and a playground. The 3-mile loop trail offers hiking opportunities on mostly level terrain. Try fishing in Eastwood Lake or the Blue Lake or the Mad River. Bring the family and the boat out to Eastwood MetroPark for a fun-filled day on the water, or just enjoy a serene sojourn on the trails.

    • In 1990 Five Rivers MetroParks entered into a lease agreement with the City of Dayton to allow MetroParks to manage the Eastwood Park. This action was part of a district-wide effort by then director Marvin Olinsky to offer an opportunity to serve more inner-city residents, as well as its more traditional suburban clientele the existing parks were serving at the time.

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    • There are Handicap accessible parking areas and an accessible restroom. See map.


    • Directions
      From 4 north take the Harshman Road exit, turn right the park entrances will be on the right. From 4 south, take the Harshman Road exit, turn left, the park entrances will be on the right.

      City of Dayton Bike Route Map
      Bike/Walk Dayton! Get around town easily with this downloadable Bike Route Map.

      Public Transportation
      RTA Bus Route 11
      Take route 11 west from downtown to the intersection of Springfield Street and Harshman Rd. The park entrance is northwest on Harshman approximately one mile at 1385 Harshman Rd.

      Plan a Bus Trip!
      Learn about RTA's Bike Rack Program

    • Eastwood MetroPark contains beautiful shady picnic areas, a winding shaded lagoon, a 185-acre recreational lake, forest habitat along the Mad River, thickets, and a few grasslands. These grassland openings are former prairies that retain the rich prairie soil and lend themselves to prairie restoration. In addition to its recreational uses, Eastwood Lake is well known for its migratory bird populations, including waterfowl, osprey, shorebirds, and gulls.
Visitor Information

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 39.78391
Longitude: -84.119509

Park Hours:

  • April 1 – October 31, 8 am – 10 pm,
  • Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 am – 8 pm
  • Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
  • Eastwood MetroPark's Lake closed to boaters June 11-15, for Solar Splash. Public is welcome to watch the event and to use enjoy the park without boats.

Boating Schedule:
Even dates: power boats
Odd dates: personal watercraft, sailboats, and fishing boats at idle speed only
*Kayaks and canoes permitted every day

Parking: Free parking is available: See map.

School Group Tours:
Available by request. Call to schedule.
 View a list of Field Trips

Pet Policy:
Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times.

Park Features/Amenities
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 unique 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 recreational trails. The list of opportunities available within Eastwood MetroPark are:.
 
 
 
       
 
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