For more than 50 years, Five Rivers MetroParks has been connecting people with nature. This is why protecting open space and natural areas is at the heart of the mission of MetroParks, which protects nearly 16,000 acres of forests, grasslands, farmlands and wetlands. Conservation efforts focus on river corridors and areas surrounding our parks, preserving habitat on the largest scale possible so that wildlife, flora and fauna have better places to live and thrive.

You’ll find all this nature at 30 locations, which includes 18 parks, conservation areas and the 2nd Street Market. These locations provide an abundance of outdoor experiences, whether you want to sit under a pavilion and enjoy live music, mountain bike some of the region’s most challenging terrain, or just unwind in the outdoors.

If you love trails, our region’s rivers and creeks, along with abandoned rail systems, provide the linear corridors that make many of the 330 miles of off-road trails possible – the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network. They connect trail users with diverse natural experiences on bicycle, foot, skates, wheelchair or strollers, as well as connecting communities, downtowns, art and cultural destinations, and parks throughout southwestern Ohio.

Not sure what you want to explore? Not a problem. MetroParks offers many events, programs and activities that allow you to explore your options and build your outdoor skills. We’ll be your guide until you’re ready to take on the Mad River Run, spend a weekend backpacking, cycle across town or start a community garden.

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Ways to Get Out & Explore Your MetroParks

Hiking

Of the more than 75 miles of natural-surface trails in your MetroParks, many of them meander alongside rivers and creeks. There are a variety of hiking opportunities available at almost every MetroPark.

Cycling

The Miami Valley’s extensive trail system along with new bike lanes downtown, the bike hub at RiverScape MetroPark and Dayton’s bronze award as a Bicycle Friendly Community show why the Dayton region is a destination for cycling enthusiasts.

Paddling

Kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard for an intimate river experience. New this summer, don’t miss monthly downtown Dayton river kayaking trips, which travel through the two whitewater features of RiverScape River Run!

Fitness

Cycle, run, walk and rollerblade on more than 300 miles of paved recreation trails — the nation’s largest paved trail network, much of it located in your MetroParks. Try the new Bike for Health Challenge, which includes many rides along our rivers.

Fishing

Our rivers and creeks offer prime spots for baiting a variety of species. Fishing is available in lakes and ponds in your MetroParks as well. Learn more about the best places for fishing.

Horseback Riding

Explore your MetroParks from high in the saddle! The bridle trails at Sugarcreek and Twin Creek MetroParks offer varied terrain and creek crossings. The Carriage Hill Riding Center offers lessons and trail rides for all ages.

Nature Appreciation

Get Out & Explore the natural beauty just minutes from your door! Learn more about some of the best ways to view wildlife and find native plants.

Just Relax!

The natural areas alongside your rivers are some of the best places to experience the outdoors — and some of those places are in our urban core. Find summertime events along the downtown riverfront at RiverScape MetroPark, from outdoor concerts to free yoga classes.

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