acre Sugarcreek MetroPark is filled with a diverse habitat of scenic creeks, rolling
hills, dense woods, wild flowers, fields, prairies and wetlands, all conveniently
located just south of Centerville/Kettering.
Sister Oak Trees
What do 550-year old trees look like? Here’s your chance to find out when you venture
0.7 miles along the orange trail to the site of the “Three Sisters”, three ancient
White Oak trees. Although in decline, two still survive. Borings from the trunk,
done in the late 1960’s on the largest of the three, indicate that they began growing
Osage Orange Tunnel
Walk through a living tunnel created by the large arching branches of old Osage
Orange trees. These trees were originally planted in rows in the late 1800’s to
serve as fence in the days before barbed wire was available.
Discover the special plants of a tall grass prairie. These deep-rooted, sun-loving
flowers and grasses range in height up to 10 feet and reach their flowering peak
in mid to late summer. This planted prairie whispers of an earlier time, before
Ohio was settled, when more that 300 natural prairie openings existed and buffalo
roamed the land.
The park has over 5 miles of wooded trails for walking, hiking & cross-country skiing.
They range from easy to strenuous and are open year round. Steep trails are indicated
on the trail map. Most trails are color coded and are marked by color coded posts.
All colored trails are loops; follow the same color to arrive back at your starting
point. Trail intersections are marked by numbers corresponding to the numbers on
The park has a 1/4 mile paved path, which loops through the prairie for walking
Green Space & Playgrounds
The landscape of Sugarcreek MetroPark makes a great place for an impromptu game
of Frisbee, kicking or throwing a ball around and provides a place for children
to run, climb, and find secret hiding places like we did as kids. Portions of the
Sugarcreek MetroPark are also great for cross country skiing in winter weather.
The wealth of wildlife in the park also makes Sugarcreek a great place for nature
study and birding.
Groups, families, or individuals can reserve a campsite in a number of MetroParks. Most sites are primitive (pit toilet, fire ring, picnic table) and some are designed for large groups. Bring gear, food and water. Due to the threat of the emerald ash borer, do not bring firewood to any MetroPark facility. A limited supply of firewood is provided. Permits are required to camp at any of the available sites and must be obtained a week in advance. To reserve a free campsite, call (937) 277-4374 between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.
There are several picnic sites available for family picnics or spontaneous get-togethers.
Grills and tables are provided.
You can bring your own horse and ride over 10 miles of scenic bridal trails. Horse
trailers can be parked and unloaded at the Horse Trailer lot, just south of the
Park Office at 7636 Wilmington Pike. Water, picnic tables, grills and restrooms
are available at the trailer lot, and several locations along the trail.