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The programming at Hills & Dales offers a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to rekindle their experiences with nature.

Nature hikes covering a variety of topics are offered throughout the year, including bird walks, wildflower walks, tree identification hikes, night hikes, and owl prowls.

Parent & Preschool Programs give a place where kids 3-5 years old and their caregivers can meet and play games, build crafts, sing songs, and explore nature together. Whether pretending to be raccoons, using nature to teach colors, or learning how to safely explore your own backyard, these programs redefine ‘quality time' with your preschooler. These programs are offered monthly April-October.

Discovery Strolls for Adults, led by MetroPark Volunteers, offer a time for escaping from that asphalt coated schedule we call life. Participants meet new friends, discuss points of interests, and explore nature together. These strolls take place every Wednesday mornings from 9-11am, starting at the Dogwood Shelter Parking Lot.  Call 937-277-4178 for more details.

  Hills & Dales MetroPark
Hills & Dales MetroPark
2655 S. Patterson Blvd, Kettering, Ohio 45409
(937) 275-PARK (7275)
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Feast your eyes on a spectacular display of bulbs at the Patterson Monument. Also, enjoy the redbud and dogwood trees as they bloom. Woodland trails are open for hiking but may be muddy due to spring rains. Want to reserve a shelter for your next get-together? Visit our reservations page to make a reservation online 24/7.

    • This historic urban park has been a natural refuge for Daytonians since 1907. Its lush natural atmosphere provides a range of activities for visitors of all ages. With significant restorations completed in 2009, MetroParks has insured that Hills & Dales will continue its tradition as an outdoor playground for future generations.

    • Hills & Dales became a MetroPark in 1999. As part of their 2000 levy commitment, the district promised the community that they would take on and restore the neglected but historic park back to its former glory. After years of construction and master planning, $4 million in improvements were unveiled to park goers in 2009, including new shelters in the Adirondack style of the original park, new restrooms, a restored Patterson monument, boardwalk, restored pond, extensive honeysuckle removal, playgrounds and increased monitoring and law enforcement.


    • There are accessible sites at White Oak, Dogwood, and Paw Paw Camps and accessible restrooms at White Oak and Paw Paw Camps.

    • Directions
      From 741, turn East on Dorothy Lane. Go thru S. Dixie Hwy. intersection. Turn left on Hilton Dr. Go 5 blocks through residential area. Turn right onto Stockton Ave.

      Public Transportation
      RTA Bus Routes 11 or 18
      Take route 11 or 18 south on Main Street through downtown to S. Dixie Highway and Stockton Avenue. Cross S. Dixie Highway and walk four to five blocks east on Stockton Avenue to Hilton Drive to the park entrance.

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

    • Hills & Dales MetroPark is located in Oakwood and Kettering but owned by the City of Dayton. This historic park contains hills and ravines covered in mature and young hardwood forest. Other habitats include an area of spring seeps and associated small wetlands.

Visitor Information

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 39.716758
Longitude: -84.1903491

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

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
The 63-acre Hills & Dales MetroPark is filled with picturesque creeks, rolling hills, dense woods (including an outstanding example of Ohio natural forest), wild flowers, and wetlands, all conveniently located just south of downtown Dayton. Originally a gift from John Patterson (co-founder of the National Cash Register Company), Hills & Dales Park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm, famous for enhancing the natural beauty of a site with their designs. MetroParks has protected the character set forth by Patterson & the Olmsteds, but now offers amenities needed for today's active and healthy lifestyles. They include:
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"Protecting the region's natural heritage and providing outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature."
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