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Vandalia, Ohio Map

on Violet and Blue Trail

2 days ago

Cute little trail. Short but the perfect break for a road trip!

Beautiful waterfalls, very scenic. Wasnt a difficult path at all, the trails are very well marked. Will be back!

beautiful!! flat hilly waterfall has a lil bit of everything

trail running
2 months ago

Very pleasant, mostly easy trail to run. Wide path, not very technical besides one short/steep portion. Scenic with waterfalls. I'll definitely be back.

Easy trail, beautiful views, traveled over 2 hours for this trail and was well worth it! We loved exploring all the trails, beautiful park!

Nice trail about 200 feet of elevation difference, river, waterfalls and old woods.

Nice trail.

Loved it! Great waterfall views.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Beautiful hike. Part of the hike is very muddy right now but there are plenty of places to keep moving. A lot of dogs take the trails as well and is a nice place to walk your dogs.

I walk this with my dog all the time. I love it.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

My family and I did this trail, 3 kids (11, 5, 5 ) and really enjoyed it. There are two waterfalls, some good size hills, and the last mile to mile and a half a long the river. We saw a pretty good size black snake which the kids loved and also saw about a 1000 baby frogs, and that's no joke. They were all over the trail.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I love this trail! Be sure to make the trip after some significant rain (I have been there when the falls were dry).
Most of the trail is shaded by trees. Old shoes are good because it can get muddy. If you take the path through the marsh there is a board walkway.
Keep an eye out...tons of birds flitting about & I did see a coyote the last time I went (he was more afraid of me & ran off).
Most of the trail is level, a few ups & downs, but on the map there is one part that says "steep hill". Trust them... it's steep. But if this 50 y.o., overweight woman can make it so can you!
And the view of the falls makes it all worthwhile.
My advise is to follow the trail to Martindale Fall. When you're done there stay on the high trail, then through the marsh & you will end up at Patty Falls. Then take the trail that goes under the roadway.
This trail is full of great photo ops!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Would be 5 stars if part of the trail didn't go on a road.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Well-maintained, well-marked, and beautiful! One decent incline/decline which is nice training for more rigorous trails. The path felt remote but is still very accessible, which is ideal. Went on a Friday afternoon and only saw two others besides myself. Only disappointing part is that the trail is completely flooded by the river and attempting to press on would mean soaking your shoes and socks up to the ankle or higher. No big deal though, as you can just take the White trail back out to the trailhead. Love this park!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Monday, August 29, 2016

Pretty trail located near the Englewood dam. Dog friendly!

trail running
Friday, July 22, 2016

Good trail. Rooty and rocky in some areas.

This was a very nice area for a run.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

great hike. green trail was great, even for my two year old.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This trail is lovely! It's a nice little workout at almost 4 miles and gives you lovely views of 3 different waterfalls and different scenery. Great for the dogs as well. Highly recommended.

horseback riding
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Such an amazing park, there are things for everyone here. Young old and everyone in-between. Lots of stuff to look at and the trails themselves are so well groomed. I would recommend this park to anyone. Also you can check out my video log of this park here. https://youtu.be/Pb9wRpfHOA4

cross country skiing
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Favorite Metropark!

cross country skiing
Friday, September 18, 2015

Great workouts.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

green trail is good.. rainy day messed my shoes and was tough for probably a mile..

Sunday, August 02, 2015

This is a very easy trail for families. I have hiked this trail several times. It's great payoff is a very cool waterfall/ gorge half way though. My 4 and 8 year kids old were able to negotiate the gorge fairly easy, making for a great family outdoor afternoon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Was still flooded on the green trail and under water for portions of hike we could not cross. Overall a good day of hiking with my big sis.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I thought it was very scenic, for such an easy hike. We had my two and half year old in a jogging stroller. Pushing a stroller wasn't ideal but it worked and can be done. We cut the very last bit short as she started getting cranky, which is a great feature of this park. There are many trails that interconnect so you can easily shorten a trip if you need to. We will be back in the fall to check out the changing of the leaves!! Also there is a great nature park for kids to play in after your hike is over! :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Nice hike. The trail was in decent shape even after heavy rain the day before. Only a few muddy spots.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nice park with great facilities. This is a pretty easy hike with only a few minor hills. It is not the place if you are looking for wilderness but for a family with smaller children it would be perfect since there are several trails that interconnect in case you need to shorten the hike. The trails are very well marked (like all of the Dayton/Montgomery County MetroParks) and easy to follow; maps are even posted at most of the trail junctions. This is a great place for a family outing or, if you are an avid hiker, a nice place to get in several scenic miles close to home (from Dayton or the northern Cincinnati area).

There are three waterfalls along the green trail that are shown on the map but don't expect major cascades. They may flow more if there has been a lot of recent rain, but I also suspect they may not flow at all during dry times. Even so, they are scenic and still add to the experience.

Maybe the only down side is the park's proximity to the Dayton Airport which interrupts your hike/walk on occassion as aircraft takeoff or land. It is not a terribly busy airport, though, so not too much of a negative.

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