Hiking

Whether you’re looking for a short, casual stroll through the woods or hoping to challenge yourself with a 10-mile hike along rolling terrain, Five Rivers MetroParks has an abundance of opportunities for you. Spend time in nature hiking more than 75 miles of natural surface trails or explore the long distance Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail that converge in Montgomery County.

Featured Locations

Englewood Green Trail

4361 W. National Rd., Vandalia, OH 45377 Directions >

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Park near Patty Shelter and hop on the green trail for a scenic hike through beautiful woodlands and a pumpkin ash and swamp forest and past three unique waterfalls.

Germantown Orange Trail

6910 Boomershine Rd., Germantown, OH 45327 Directions >

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Start at the Twin Valley Welcome Center and enjoy 6.8 miles of trail through rolling hills and traveling along the Twin Creek and through mature and old-growth woodlands, where you can spot orchids, wildflowers and wild turkeys.

Adirondack Trail — Hills & Dales

100 Deep Hollow Rd., Kettering, OH 45409 Directions >

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Starting at Paw Paw Camp, follow the trail north along the boardwalk through a high-quality forested wetland and around Dogwood Pond. View wetland vegetation, such as skunk cabbage and marsh marigold, and keep an eye out for migratory birds. Return to your car or continue on for a longer adventure.

Sugarcreek Orange Trail

4178 Conference Rd., Bellbrook, OH 45305 Directions >

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Walk through a living tunnel created by large arching Osage orange trees and check out two 550-year-old oak trees along this 1.3-mile loop trail.

Taylorsville — Orange Trail

2101 US 40, Vandalia, OH 45377 Directions >

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Lace up your hiking shoes at the CCC shelter and hop on the orange trail, hiking 3.2 miles through rolling terrain in East Park at Taylorsville, where you can enjoy mature upland forest with many spring wildflowers, second-growth woodlands, natural succession areas and a few aging pine stands.

Eastwood — Buckeye & North Country Trails

1385 Harshman Rd., Dayton, OH 45431 Directions >

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A section of the long-distance Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail follows the Mad River through Eastwood MetroPark. Combine this section with the paved Mad River Trail to create an easy, flat, 2-mile loop through the park.

Sugarcreek — Paved Trail

4178 Conference Rd., Bellbrook, OH 45305 Directions >

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From the parking lot, follow the paved trail that creates a quarter-mile loop through a scenic prairie. This trail is perfect for those with limited mobility who still want to experience a nature trail.

Aullwood Gardens

955 Aullwood Rd., Englewood, OH 45414 Directions >

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Stroll through this historical garden park where something is in flower most of the year, from spring wildflowers and Lenten roses, to magic lilies and colchicum into the fall. The grass, gravel, soil and paved paths travel through gardens, woods, and a prairie in just a half mile.

Carriage Hill Orange Trail

7891 E. Shull Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 Directions >

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This 3.4-mile nature trail takes hikers past the picturesque Cedar Lake, through prairies and woodlands to the hidden North Woods Pond. Add mileage by hiking through the historical farm. All of the Carriage Hill trails are flat and easy to walk. 

Programs & Events

Build Your Hiking Skills With MetroParks Programs

Our programs build on one another (Discover then Develop then Do) – all striving to empower you to feel comfortable and confident in the activity. If you are new to the activity, begin by exploring the Discover programs and move on to build your skills. Those with fundamental skills can deepen their knowledge with Enhance programs. Programs listed are offered in rotation. Check the Program & Event Finder for specific dates and times.

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Experience the outdoors at Five Rivers MetroParks reservable facilities. Open-air shelters in beautiful, natural settings are excellent for BBQs, family reunions, birthday parties and more, or plan an overnight camping adventure with numerous park amenities nearby!

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Resources

Helpful links to enhance your hiking experience

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Resources

  • For a complete list of local outdoor clubs, businesses, and equipment rentals go to OutdoorDayton.com

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