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5 Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Dayton, OH

Bountiful and beautiful opportunities await those who are looking to get active outside.

By Livability on July 7, 2021

Dayton, OH
Downtown Dayton Partnership

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or just need a little bit more sunshine in your life, we have five outside locations for you to check out in Dayton, OH:

1. Carillon Historical Park

This 65-acre museum and park in Dayton is open to anyone who wants to walk its beautiful grounds during operation hours Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Walkers can view several historic outdoor highlights of Carillon, like a 151-foot-tall bell tower.

2. RiverScape River Run

Canoe and kayak enthusiasts will be in paddling heaven when accessing these seven miles along the Great Miami River. RiverScape has several launch points in downtown Dayton as well as from the University of Dayton area and Carillon Historical Park. The area is also great for fishing and sunbathing. More information can be found here.


3. Miami Valley Trails

More than 350 miles of paved recreational trails link together with schools, parks, historic landmarks and area attractions throughout the Miami Valley. An online map provides several suggestions of good trails for walkers, runners and bicyclists.


4. Five Rivers MetroParks

More than 400,000 people annually visit these destinations that feature 23 facilities for year-round recreation and educational use. Other highlights include 70 miles of paved multiuse trails along with opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding and backpacking. Click here for more information.


5. Link: Dayton Bike Share

Founded in 2015, Link: Dayton Bike Share now has 27 different locations in the Dayton area for users to borrow from a fleet of bikes and then return and lock them to bike racks when they are done. Since its launch, more than 18,500 users have taken over 140,000 trips. Daily rates vary, and a free app is available to download.

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