Outdoors in Dayton Ohio

Lots Of Wonderful Parks & Outdoor Things-To-Do

Dayton and Montgomery County are fortunate to be home to Five Rivers MetroParksa system of 25 outstanding parks & facilities offering diverse, active outdoor opportunities for people interested in living life outside while respecting the natural environment.

Get A New Outdoor Skill Then Live It In Dayton

Five Rivers MetroParks has programs to teach you the outdoor skills you’ve been wanting to learn and events to put your new skills to use right here in Dayton Ohio.

Kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, fly fishing, cycling and more!

Novices and thrill-seeking experts are sure to find something to interest them — everything from local events and progamming to weekend trips and week-long expeditions.

Their current event programming strives to create a life-long environmental awareness that will intensify your appreciation for the great outdoors.

Join one of the many outdoor clubs active in Dayton to get a jump-start on your new outdoor lifestyle in the Dayton Ohio area.

Adventure Summit – Local Event With National Clout

Dayton is the home to the 2nd annual Miami Valley Adventrue Summit — a 2-day event sponsored by Wright State University.  Open to the public, this popular event lets you experience inspiring speakers, hands-on skill sessions, demos, expo area and more.

Here are some of Nancy’s and her friends’ favorite parks.

Parks & Recreation

Name Location Description Examples
Riverscape Dayton downtown

Home to fun, larger-than-life innovative sculptures of inventions by Dayton natives.   Numerous fountains and lovely landscaping along the Great Miami River

  • Ice Skating
  • Paddle boats
  • Music festivals
  • Bike riding
  • Inventor’s Walk
National City 2nd Street Public Market Dayton downtown

Farmer’s market at its finest.  Open 3 days a week in an historic railroad warehouse.

  • Homemade breads, cakes
  • Fresh vegetables/fruits
  • Handcrafted jewelry
  • Food vendors
Cox Arboretum Dayton

189-acres of specialty gardens and landscaping, lakes, and hiking trails.  Has beautiful new Zorniger Education Center that hosts orchid & bonsai shows.

  • Rock Garden
  • Herb Garden
  • Water Garden
  • Woodland Wildflower Garden
  • Butterfly House
Eastwood MetroPark Dayton

Mile-long, 185-acre lake for recreational boating, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, bird watching.  The Buckeye Trail passes through this park.

  • Mountain Days Festival
  • Boat races
Buckeye Trail West Carrollton

A 3-mile loop passes thrugh Eastwood MetroPark.  This section of trail is part of a 1200-mile continuous loop that completely encircles Ohio.

  • Backpacking
  • Day hiking

Outdoors Clubs

Miami Valley Outdoor Club General outdoor adventure club.  Hook up with other outdoor enthusiasts in Dayton.  This active club travels near and far for exciting outdoor experiences.
Greater Dayton Rowing Association Olympic-style rowing at its finest.  Join other rowing enthusiasts skilled in sweep rowing and sculling for a complete non-impact workout along the banks of the beautiful Great Miami Rier.
Outdoor Adventure Club General outdoor adventure club.  Hook up with other outdoor enthusiasts in Dayton.  This active club travels near and far for exciting outdoor experiences.
Gem City Geocachers Club Geocaching club.  Learn about geocaching and participate in individual or group hunts.