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

Not bad considering all the weather recently, but we did see a small herd of deer. The trail is nicely maintained.

bit muddy, but not bad, just make sure to prepare for it. probably the most technical trail I've hiked in the greater Dayton area. really enjoy this trail for both hiking and trail running (trail running only on good weather days, the mud could be treacherous to runners)

today it was muddy but easy to follow signs

Great eastern woodlands trail with beautiful views of the river. One of the best true hiking trails around the Dayton area.

Perfect place to get 5 miles in to start the day or after work. I see deer almost every time I go in the winter months to this park. Beautiful and well maintained.

Best hiking trail you can get without leaving town.

Very peaceful and open!

Great technical (for the area) trails for running. Dogs are allowed on a 6’ leash or less. No mountain biking on the hiking trails.

Love this trail! Great mix of hills and flat ground.

It's a nice exercise trail, not much to see other than the backs of houses. In the late fall you will see tons of squirrels getting ready for winter.

One of the best Dayton MetroPark Trails.

nice trail. my dog loved our little hike.

Easy Hike, the trails are well kept too.

walking
8 months ago

Nice combination of hills and level ground, meadows and forests.

Nice trail with lots of moderate elevation changes.

My favorite hiking spot!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail with lots of shade. Trail follows river for a bit and has some good hills. Nice outing.

Great little trail, nice views of the river and wildflowers!

great little trail with nice river views and elevation changes.

Lots of curves and up and downs. Some steep climbs. Beautiful.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

We hiked 5.25 mils combining the Beech, Meadowlark and Heron Trails. A downed tree had not been cleared just east of the large pond and landslide had occurred on the South Heron Trail. Though signs redirected in both locations, each were disappointing in their execution. Overall the park is pleasant and the hikes relatively easy with a few locations having stairs. There are plenty of benches to rest with a snack. Trails run parallel to Wolf Creek and offer opportunity for photos. The Meadowlark Trail runs through hunting grounds and what we later learned was the site of a popular public swimming pool. The western side of this portion of trail follows deteriorating driveways and parking lots of that pool, giving it an eerie neglected feeling. Trails were well groomed, though some were torn up a little due to horses and wet ground. Though horses are not to be on the hiking trails, we spotted at least one sign that could have been interpreted pointing to the horse trail though it had an X through the horse and rider symbol. This park is a rough gem. Just avoid in hunting season.

Very nice trails, my dogs enjoyed the Orange Trail.

on Iron Horse Trail

road biking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Great community paved trail connects Iron Horse Park to larger regional trail network. Trial has multiple streets crossing so be carful of vehicles.

hiking
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Large portions overgrown with honeysuckle, signage seemed poorly maintained. Nice enough for a short afternoon walk with the dog since it's not a far drive.

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