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  Possum Creek MetroPark
Possum Creek MetroPark
4790 Frytown Road, Dayton, Ohio 45417
(937) 276-7062
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Take a hike through the Argonne Forest and see the spring wildflowers that have returned after extensive removal of invasive honeysuckle. Hike the farm trail in search of skunk cabbage. During spring, visitors can observe the seasonal sheep shearing and other agricultural demonstrations. Trout will be stocked in some of the ponds, and catfish are typically stocked in April and May. Horse and hiking trails will be muddy through the spring, so wear your boots!

    • Ponds and the lake offer lots of fishing for trout, catfish and many other species. A large planted prairie bursts with flowers and tall grasses from summer into fall. And then there's the farm, loaded with friendly farm animals that delight both children and adults all year round.

    • Possum Creek is one of Five Rivers MetroParks’ earliest parks. Its scenic land was outlined in the Montgomery-Greene County Open Space Study Report of 1959 as a stream-side park that would serve Dayton’s southwestern metropolitan area. In early 1967, a master plan was finalized for a 550 acre tract of land in the area calling for a manmade lake, fishing ponds, nature trails a children’s farm, nature center, picnicking and day camping facilities on this rich bottom land traversed by the Possum Creek. At the time, the site already included about 6 miles of bridle and hiking trails as well as three fishing ponds and the remnants of an old amusement park called Argonne Forest Park. It also included rolling meadows, ponds and woodland. A nightclub, formerly known as the Chi Chi, also sat on the property. It was converted into Sycamore Lodge, to be used for social and educational functions, holding up to 300 people.


    • All parking lots have accessible parking. The reservable shelters are accessible. The farm and barn are accessible as are the restrooms at the farm, reservable area, pond lot and the Argonne picnic area.

      The first fishing pond is connected to the pond parking lot by a handicapped accessible asphalt path.
    • Directions
      4790 Frytown Road.
      From Gettysburg Ave.: Turn west onto Germantown St. Route 4. Go about 1.5 miles to Frytown Rd. and turn left. Head to main entrance or to reservable shelter area.

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    • Possum Creek MetroPark consists largely of former farmland that is going through the process of natural succession. Significant natural features include bottomland hardwood forests along Possum Creek, two mature beech woodlots, and numerous created ponds and wetlands. Over 100 acres of degraded farmland and dumps have been cleared and planted into native Ohio prairie. The prairie took years to establish, but now thrives on the poor ground. It is currently one of the largest and most diverse planted prairies in Ohio.

      Although the land that is now Possum Creek MetroPark has been dramatically changed by past land use, it stands today as a splendid example of what can be achieved with proper stewardship and restoration, and is a delightful place for the naturalist, hiker, or family.

Visitor Information

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 39.71682
Longitude: -84.265808

Park Hours:

  • April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 am – 10 pm
  • Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 am – 8 pm
  • Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

Sustainable Farm Hours

  • Farm Buildings are open 9 am – 4 pm everyday

Night Fishing Hours:

Open until 2 am from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. These hours will start Friday, May 22. For Memorial Day Weekend, the park will be open for fishing Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night. After that, the park will be open for fishing until 2 am Friday and Saturday nights only through Labor Day. Sunday through Thursday nights, the park will close at 10 pm as normal. The park will also be open Labor Day Weekend, September 5,6, and 7 until 2 am.

Take a Video Tour of the Farm

Free parking is available: See map

Pet Policy:
Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times. Pets are not permitted on the farm.

School Group Tours:
Schools and other groups may schedule guided tours. Call (937) 275-PARK (7275) to schedule.
View A List of Field Trips.

Park Features/Amenities

Fishing ponds, open vistas painted with colorful prairie flowers, woodlands and wildlife provide the setting for a variety of activities. This 556-acre park is the perfect place for a family outing. Fish, picnic, or enjoy a walk or horseback ride through woods and prairies.

Youngsters will love visiting the farm to see the barnyard animals, play at Polly Possum's play area and hike the Farm Trail.

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