Explore the most popular hiking trails in Germantown Metropark with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail, well marked!

surfing
9 days ago

Helo twins =)

hiking
21 days ago

A lot to be loved about this trail. Lots of hills and beautiful scenery. The trail is wide enough and clearly marked--at ALL places so basically impossible to get lost. I gave it 4 stars because of the mud. It hasn't rained in 2 days so I assumwd it would be fine. But there is about a 1 mile section on the Yellow/Orange trail that was pure mud. Like being on a slippery, ice skating rink of mud. I don't really care that it coated my Hiking shoes, but there were moments when it was so difficult to not slip and fall down. So if you hike this trail, I think you will have a great time but prepare for mud if it has rained within the past few days.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail. Along the creek can get muddy, but there are some bypass trails. All all the trails are well marked. West of the dam is a lot of up and down and steep hills.
If you start at the Nature Center, they have drinking water to fill up your water bottles.

backpacking
1 month ago

The parts of the trail in Germantown or Twin Creek Metroparks are mostly very good trails, however the connector trail is a bit of a let down. The section just outside of Germantwon Metropark is rather nice with a few nice views of the valley and Twin Creek past the Germantown dam. Once you cross under pass the OH-725 bridge heading south you are walking on a paved park path or a road without sidewalks for 2.5 miles. I've hiked this twice now and its the only really long hike in the Dayton area but if you've hiked Germantown and Twin Creek then you've seen the best parts this trail has to offer. Still well marked and well maintained. There are a few backcountry sites along the way if you want to break the trip up, I recommend Cedar Ridge. Overall I would say the tail isn't that difficult. Doing it North to South means a little more downhill than up but at this distance it might mean this is definitely a hard trail.

Nice trail but often muddy near west side of Twin Creek. You can hike higher trail to avoid the mud.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Lots of up and down terrain changes. Muddy and swampy in lower areas, boots are a must!

2 months ago

it's pretty, not too bad of a trail

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful Hike. My wife and I did the full 26.8 mile hike today! Definitely a challenging hike to complete in one day and took us just over 11 hours. The trails are well marked and well maintained. We will be back.

backpacking
2 months ago

This metro park, and specifically this trail, is a gem for the Gem city. It has some great vantage points and many different ecosystems to observe and explore. I saw a wild turkey while on this trail, as well as many rabbits and toads.

The orange trail has many connection points with other trails so that you can customize your experience each time you visit. I backpacked to one of the designated campsites by way of this trail and a few connecting trails. Overall it seemed very well maintained and regularly travelled through compared to some other sections of the park, which were laced with spider webs and partially overgrown.

This trail tends to get muddy, so I would recommend gaiters or something to prevent the mud and moisture from getting to your socks.

hiking
4 months ago

Lowlands are so muddy they’re almost impassable.

Love it here. So pretty. Some difficult hills. I wish there was a bride over the creek so you could cut in half when you don’t have as much time. In the summer the area down by the creek is VERY buggy and other times very muddy- I usually try to skip this area by staying high.

6 months ago

great hiking weather....45°

6 months ago

Watch out after a big rain! We got lost a few times because the mud washed away the trail.

7 months ago

Well marked trail that was not crowded with people. The trail followed the river for the most part and was very peaceful. The lower sections were muddy from the rain the previous day, but the mud was not too much that you couldn’t still enjoy the hike.

7 months ago

The directions in the app are misleading.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

hiked the first 5 miles and hammock camped at Oak Ridge. the trail is very well marked and kept up. it's pretty challenging, especially for a 50 year old with 25 lbs of gear on my back. the next day was 3 miles back to the car. the trail between the dam and nature center has some very steep inclines. maybe the only thing making this not a 5 star hike is that the trail doesn't go near the rock formations, and rarely has a view of the river.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For being a Metropark this is a nice trail it's marked very well, there was a lot of muddy areas but we have had a lot of rain in the last week. There are some decent hills to climb but nothing to bad at all. The only thing that was a negative was the road noise, it never really seemed like I was deep in the woods. MapMyHike logged me at 8.4 miles on the orange trail

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

If you're looking for a day hike, then this is the one!! This trail has camping sites, but the downfall here is that it is stove cooking only and no open fires.

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great trial! Nice views and beautiful forrest sections. I would echo the other comments about the mud, the lower section is extremely muddy and I would probably take the detour next time I go. While out I saw wild turkeys, chipmunks, and plenty of deer.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

7.73 mile loop according to my GPS watch.
Saw a huge black snake in a tree along the path.
Overall great pretty easy hike.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

A great trail if you're just getting into hiking. I would rate it easy to moderate. The trail is well marked and well kept.

trail running
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

From a trail running/hiking perspective, it's a nice trail with a mix of steep climbs and flats. There is plenty to see and little unmarked trails to explore while in the woods portion. Mud doesn't bother me; however, if it bothers you and it's rained recently it will be extremely muddy in spots. I ran it on Monday, April 10th and it has some fairly muddy spots from the rain last week. Outside of that, the grass portions aren't great but the woods portion is excellent and has some really cool views along the way! I would highly recommend this trail but if it's your first time running/hiking, I would recommend building up to this one but it's worth it when you do! Lastly, wear a hat, especially since you'll be in the woods, under trees, etc! Happy Exploring!

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice hike with old growth forest. Taxing at times but also has a few long stretches of flat path. Closer to 7 miles but well worth a hike.

Friday, March 24, 2017

did 7.5 miles on the Orange trail from visitor center to the Dam and back. Covered the yellow and blue trails as well. Except 2-3 short sections with 45+ degrees incline (which gave a good workout), the rest was easy to moderate difficulty.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great trail!

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fun trail, moderate to easy difficulty. Went counter clock wise, more challenging part at beginning. Used blue/yellow detour to avoid low lying area, this is marked both directions. Still very muddy in places. Trail is well marked, easy to follow.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

First time visiting this park. Completed a slightly shorter version of the hike - yellow, silver and part of orange for about 5 miles. Trail ranges from very flat to some steep inclines. I'm relatively new to hiking in Southwest Ohio and this has been one of the better places I've been to so far. Trails are very well marked. I really enjoyed this place and plan to visit again.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

trail is 8.0 miles nice mix of hills and flat walking.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Very good trail. Has just about everything you could want. There are some serious elevation changes at one section. I'm new to hiking so it was a great/fun challenge for me. Not that it was too hard but you could def feel it in yours legs. Haha. Loved the views by the conservatory area. Great hike. Btw it's not 6.8 miles but closer to 8

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