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Five Rivers MetroParks has opportunities for fun activities year-round! As winter arrives, so does spectacular winter scenery and sledding, ice-skating, hiking & more across nearly 16,000 acres of natural areas.
Sledding Sledding

Englewood MetroPark
Englewood MetroPark's Sledding Hill is located in the West Park. Use the 100 E. National Rd. entrance (US 40 at St. Rte 48) and follow the park road to the right for parking. There is a short walk through the woods to the hill from the parking lot. The entrance to the wooded trail is on the south end of the parking lot. It's steep, but there's lots of room to have multiple launches for races or stunt competitions.

Germantown MetroPark
The Sledding Hill is located at 6206 Boomershine Rd., just north of Manning Road. This big hill is well worth the drive for sledders, tubers and beginning snowboarders alike.

Taylorsville MetroPark
Taylorsville MetroPark's Sledding Hill entrance is on the east side of Brown School Rd., south of US 40. Grass turf, bumpy and no obstacles with a gentle grade makes for safe but long distance sledding. This hill offers a smooth/bumpy ride down a slope of 30 degrees with a 400 to 500 foot run. 

Hiking Hiking

Hiking trails are open all winter long in most MetroParks. Some trails are plowed, and others are packed snow. To view hiking trails, visit the park links to your left or visit our Find a MetroPark page.

Ice Skating Ice Skating

RiverScape MetroPark
The Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark hosts outdoor skating from late November through late February. Patrons may skate daily, and many fun activities are scheduled throughout the season. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $2. Come downtown and experience a unique, fun winter experience at the Ice Rink!

Visit for more information or call (937) 274-0126.

Photography Photography

All of the Five Rivers MetroParks make an excellent backdrop for your photos. Winter can be an excellent opportunity for photographing nature, wildlife and people! There’s a picture waiting for you to capture in your local MetroPark. Also feel free to visit our photography activities page, join our Flickr photo group or share photos on facebook.

Birding Birding

Birding is a great way to learn about nature and get outside in your parks. From young to young at heart, people of all ages can enjoy this activity year round. Winter in Ohio offers many opportunities to explore the woods for songbirds. Visit Englewood MetroPark and walk the loop near Patty's Falls. Germantown MetroPark is also a great park for birding enthusiasts. The Nature Center is open on Saturday and Sunday where you can enjoy the "window on wildlife." You can also see a list of all parks where birding is suggested.

Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Country Skiing

Cross country skiing doesn't require hills and can be enjoyed on almost any snow-covered location. It's also easy to learn and offers an entire body aerobic workout. Five Rivers MetroParks embraces the sport and encourages residents to get out and ski! The hiking trails at Carriage Hill, Eastwood, Huffman, Island, Wegerzyn and Possum Creek are ideal when snow is on the ground. Our Rec Trail/Bikeway system is also recommended.

Camping Camping

Enjoy the beauty of winterized Ohio on the Twin Valley Backpacking Trail connecting Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks. This 22-mile trail is open all year round with backcountry hiking and camping opportunities for individual and group campers. Call 937-277-4374 for camping permits.

Fishing Ice Fishing

Where can winter anglers go for some hot ice-fishing action this season? A few MetroParks offer opportunities for ice fishing on ponds and lakes. In addition, fishing can also be good in deeper sections of our local rivers and near warmwater discharges.

Carriage Hill MetroPark
Ice fishing is permitted, but ice conditions are not monitored. Fish without a license and free-of-charge from the banks of both Cedar Lake and North Woods Pond.

Englewood MetroPark
Ice fishing is permitted off Old Springfield Road, but ice conditions are not monitored. An Ohio fishing license is required.

Possum Creek MetroPark
Ice fishing is permitted, but ice conditions are not monitored. Fish, free-of-charge and without a license, in ponds and Argonne Lake. There is a 10-inch minimum size on bass and a six-fish limit per day. Trout is introduced to the ponds during cold months (typically December through February or March).

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Ice Rink
Winter Storm Policy
During, and immediately following periods of severe winter weather some areas of MetroParks facilities may not be available for use. These areas will be reopened as soon as possible after such an event. We follow a reopening plan that has been developed to best protect and best serve the majority of visitors as quickly as possible.
Alerts, Closures & Construction
AlertFrom time to time facilities may be closed due to severe weather, construction or general maintenance. Visit our Alerts page to check for closures. For up to date conditions at the Ice Rink, call (937) 278-2607.
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