Published June 26, 2024

Staycation in Dayton

If cross-country trips aren’t in the cards this year, consider a staycation in nature at one of MetroParks’ 23 campsites. MetroParks offers three types of sites suited for the type of camping adventure you want to have outdoors.

Frontcountry campsites: Frontcountry experiences are for those who want to enjoy amenities, such as nearby parking, rest rooms and picnic tables. Frontcountry campsites at Possum Creek, Germantown, Englewood and Twin Creek MetroParks also allow visitors to enjoy experiences in the parks, such as hiking, stargazing, fishing and more.

Backcountry campsites: For a more rugged camping experience, gear up and head out on foot to one of the nine backcountry sites along the Twin Valley Trail, a nearly 29-mile loop that connects Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks. These primitive sites are big enough for two small tents and have a common area for cooking along with a vault toilet.

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Trailside camping: Perfect for those who are biketouring, paddling or adventuring through the region, trailside campsites allow travelers to set up at a simple place to camp as they journey along the regional trails, waterways or touring routes. Find trailside camping locations in Eastwood, Taylorsville and Island MetroParks.

Camp sites require a reservation, which can be made online. Campsite and shelter reservations also can be paid for with support from MetroParks’ Access to Nature financial assistance program. Montgomery County residents who qualify can learn more and apply by visiting metroparks.org/access.

Learn from the pros: MetroParks outdoor recreation team offers in-person camping and backpacking programs and supported camping experiences throughout the year. Below, they show you can example of different camp set ups:

 

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