Five Rivers Metro Parks

Link: http://www.metroparks.org/

The Five Rivers Metro Parks are located in and around Dayton, Ohio and Montgomery County. The parks are more than what one would expect from outdoor recreation. Here is a list of a few of the activities: hiking, boating, cycling, rock climbing, general fitness, horseback riding, gardening, bird watching, plant observing, and more. The metro park system has three types of parks, urban parks, natural area parks, and garden parks. The park system is more than just standard parks, but a system of parks, trails, bike paths, and rivers.

The parks are free of charge to a long period of time during the day. Here is a highlight of some of the parks:

Cox Arboretum:  The 189-acre facility is a place for visitors to escape among trees, shrubs, specialty gardens, mature forests, and prairies. Cox’s hosts many educational programs throughout the year. It is located in the middle of the South Dayton area near the Dayton Mall. Cox is easily accessed and can be enjoyed in a few hours or most of the day. Cox’s has many plant species to look at. It also hosts an annual butterfly house in the summer. Cox is great for the young and old because many of the trails are paved or not on a great incline. Cox is the perfect place to go on a warm summer evening to look at the flowers.

Germantown MetroPark: The park is located twenty minutes from Dayton. Germantown MetroPark is the most diverse and significant natural area managed by MetroParks. It is a hiker’s paradise with over 15.9 miles of wooded trails for walking and hiking. The park also allows group camping for organizations involved in environment activities. The park has wooded areas, prairies, streams, and creeks. The Twin Valley Backpacking Trail is also accessible from the park and connects it to Twin Creek Metro Park.

Carriage Hill MetroPark: A recreation of a 19th century farm. This park has animals, buildings, and a history center all telling the story of what life was like over 100 years ago. The farm has many programs over the year all educating visitors on how to live like the 19th century. Most weekends the farm has costumed reenactors. Along with the Farm are miles of hiking trails and a horse center with miles of  riding trails.

There is something for everyone to do: go downtown to Riverscape and watch the fountain in the summer, canoe at Eastwood Metropark, cross country ski at Englewood Metropark, horseback ride at Carriage Hill Metropark, mountain bike at Huffman Metropark, or look at the beautiful flowers at Alluwood Garden Metropark. The Metropark system has something for every age group, ability level, interest, and experience. The Fiver Rivers Metropark system is one of the best in the state of Ohio.

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