Best Trails for Our Hiking Adventures

The weather is getting perfect for outdoor activities!  One of my favorite things are outdoor trails!  There are great trails to hike, bike, walk, picnicking, or just study nature all around us.  Some of the top trails in this area are:


Huffman Metropark: located at 4439 Lower Valley Pike, Dayton

Eastwood Metropark: located at 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton

Taylorsville Metropark: located at 2000 State Route 40, Vandalia

Deeds Point Metropark: located at 510 Webster Street, Dayton

Island Metropark: located at 101 E. Helena Street, Dayton

Twin Creek Metropark: located at 9688 Eby Road, Germantown

Sugarcreek Metropark: located at 4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook

John Bryan State Park: located at 3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs

Great Miami River Trail: located at 901 Dye Mill Road, Troy

Charleston Falls Preserve: located at 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City

Iron Horse Trail: located at 6161 Millshire Drive, Centerville

Riverscape Metropark: located at 11 East Monument Avenue, Dayton

Things to do in Tipp City!

Some of the top places to go in Tipp City this fall are Charelston Falls Preserve, Kyle Park, and Honey Creek Preserve.  Charelston Falls Preserve is over 216 acres of prairie and forests with nearly 4 miles of trails.  It is perfect to hike and see wildlife!  There is also a beautiful waterfall!  Kyle Park is one of the newest community parks in Tipp City.  It is approximately 280 acres with a dog park and horse trails!  Honey Creek Preserve has over 200 acres of prairie, wetlands and woodlands.  There is a 1 mile trail through each unique ecosystem.  On the west side of Honey Creek is a  4 mile bridle trail.  This is a great site to trail ride, bird watch, cross-country ski, hike and fish.

Aullwood Nature Center and Aullwood Farm

Aullwood Nature Center and Aullwood Farm is a beautiful 200 acre nature sanctuary.  These two locations are connected by six miles of walking trails.  You can start from either site, then enjoy a scenic walk in the Nature Sanctuary along trails leading to the other location or take a quick five minute car trip there instead.  Payment at either location pays admission to both.

Aullwood Nature Center is located at 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton, OH 45414. Aullwood Farm is located at 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH 45414.

Aullwood is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM. They are closed on most school holidays; check out their Upcoming Events Calendar for the latest information.

General admission is free for children 2 and under, $7.00 for children 3 to 11, and $10.00 for adults 12 and over.

Beautiful Trail in Wilmington

Luther Warren Peace Path (1.2 mi, paved, 10 feet wide)

Enjoy a wooded canopy as you walk this beautiful trail, the first to be built in the City (in 1999).  The “Peace Path” as it is known locally crosses two bridges including a covered bridge built by Eagle Scout Jonah Hein and named after local naturalist Dr. Nathan Hale.  The second bridge was named after E.E. McKibben, a long-time trail advocate who was instrumental in building this trail.  It was resurfaced with the addition of handrails as the Eagle Scout service project of Micah Hein.  The Luther Warren Peace Path is almost completely level and accommodating to wheelchair, scooter or stroller users.

DeWeese Park Neighborhood Amenities

Located at 1301 East Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45414, DeWeese Park Area has many things to offer.  Take a day to stroll through formal gardens and the delightful Children’s Discovery Garden.  Every season has something special to offer.  The Children’s Discovery Garden is a child-friendly place to experience our world through gardening.  Home gardeners will find a wealth of design ideas, wonderful plants, and cultivation techniques suitable for the Miami Valley.  Also, walk the Marie Aull Nature Trail and Swamp Forest Boardwalk and discover the scenic Stillwater River corridor.  Through DeWeese Parkway there is access to the extensive paved bikeway, River Corridor Bikeway.