Orange Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews
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Orange Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Germantown, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
770 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




old growth

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

great hiking weather....45°

3 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Good hills and views. Definitely a moderate trail so if you a beginner be ready for some strenuous hills. Most of it is under tree coverage.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

What a great hike! challenging hills and some good flat grounds to get you moving faster.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Orange trail specifically is a diverse fantastic day hike. just taxing enough to wear on you not so taxing that you'll need a chopper out.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

First time out and had a blast. Looking forward to doing this hike again.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

A fun hike with lots of up and down hill climbing and plenty of wildlife to enjoy.

trail running
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Perfect training run - hills, steps, varied terrain, well-maintained. Last time out (today) no traffic.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

this was a long trail for me but it was a nice challenge. there was plenty of beautiful wildlife, including flowers, trees, etc. there were some places that were quite muddy though. we had to get completely submerged in mud past our ankles to get through.

Friday, April 29, 2016

great hills and a nice challange compared to other trails.

trail running
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Great trail for trail running/hiking in the Dayton area. Varied terrain, including some short hills that tax your lungs and quads, but are not too difficult. As noted by others, the section along the river can get extremely muddy after it rains. There are ways to avoid this area if you wish. There are a few creek crossings too, but most can be hopped over or crossed on rocks. The trails are well marked and color coded. A good trail for training runs or a day with the family.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Loved this trail! Some good sized hills, but nothing too difficult. There was a section that was very muddy, but there were also signs warning of the potential for it.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

If you're carrying a backpack, it's a little steep in some areas, pretty muddy in others. No scenic vistas. Well marked. A good practice trail if you're prepping for a backpacking trip.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Had fun. Not too difficult. It was very muddy, but that was my fault for going a couple days after it rained.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I hike this regularly as it's the only lengthy trail around. Great park, never crowded. Only reason it gets only three stars is the mud can be unbearable. Numerous sections throughout are impassable without trudging through it if it has rained within a week.

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