Activities

Activities
State hiking trails

There is no shortage of interesting places to walk and hike in the Miami Valley.

You can go for the super scenic, such as Clifton Gorge at John Bryan State Park in Greene County or you can take advantage of the many picturesque county, state and MetroParks in the area.

Here are five spots that offer differing degrees of difficulty and a variety of scenery, depending on which trail or loop you choose. – Jim Morris
Caesar Creek State Park

You can start from the state park office or the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center by picking up trail maps. There are about 30 miles of hiking trails that lead you to the interesting areas of the park with many scenic views along the way, including waterfalls, lake vistas and the Caesar Creek Gorge in the state nature preserve.
Taylorsville MetroPark

While all Five Rivers MetroParks offer some type of hiking facilities, perhaps the most interesting is Taylorsville with about 15 miles through the woods and along the old canal bed and Great Miami River. Some of the trails are rugged, but quite a bit is paved and shared by bicyclists.
Charleston Falls

This southern Miami County Park on Ross Road off of Ohio 202 offers a trail suited for people looking for a short, but scenic walk. It covers 2.5 miles, including a boardwalk around and below the 37-foot waterfall.
Sycamore State Park

The picturesque eight miles of trails are set up so you can take short walks or continue on through the entire trail system. Most trails are mowed grass, but there is some moderate climbing.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve

If you like to hike around John Bryan State Park, you might try a hike through nearby Glen Helen Preserve in Greene County. There are 20 miles of trails that show off the scenic woods, waterways, prairies, and fields. It’s best to get a 25-cent trail map at the Trailside Museum and visit the unique Glen Helen Raptor Center while you are there.
Canoeing

You can do a lot of canoeing around the Miami Valley. Our guide will link you to canoe locations here and across Ohio. Canoeing is a great family activity, and Ohio’s rivers and streams provide a variety of opportunities for fun and enjoyment.
Local canoe rentals

Information on area canoe rental companies
Map of area canoe rental companies

Canoe trip planning, safety

Planning a canoe trip
Canoe safety

Helpful information and links
River/Entry point

Stillwater River – Englewood MetroPark
Twin Creek – Germantown MetroPark
Great Miami River – Taylorsville MetroPark
Little Miami River – John Bryan State Park
Kiser Lake – Kiser Lake State Park

Canoeing around Ohio

Northeast Ohio
Northwest Ohio
Southeast Ohio
Southwest Ohio
South Central Ohio

Deer Hunting Guide
Deer hunting in Ohio now offers one of the state’s longest hunting seasons (October through January), and provides millions of hours of recreation and hundreds of tons of venison. Ohio hunters utilize many methods available to hunt deer: bows and crossbows, muzzleloaders, handguns, and shotguns.

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Ohio deer hunting regulations, zones, and limits
Field dressing deer | Buy hunting licenses online
More season dates and bag limits
2007 Deer Seasons Opening Date Closing Date
Archery Season
Sept. 29
Feb 3, 2008

Early Muzzleloader Season
Oct. 22
Oct. 27

Youth Gun Season: Statewide Season
Antlered or antlerless deer
Nov. 17
Nov. 18

Gun Season:
Statewide Season
Nov. 26
Dec. 2

Gun Season:
Antlered or antlerless deer
Dec. 15
Dec. 16

Statewide Muzzleloader Season
Antlered or antlerless deer
Dec. 27
Dec. 30

> More season dates and bag limits

Where to hunt in Southwest Ohio
Bott Wildlife Area
Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area
Darke Wildlife Area
East Fork Wildlife Area
Fallsville Wildlife Area
Indian Creek Wildlife Area
Mercer Wildlife Area
Oldaker Wildlife Area
Paintcreek Wildlife Area
Rush Run Wildlife Area
Tranquility Wildlife Area
Woodland Trails Wildlife Area

10 COMMANDMENTS OF GUN HUNTING
1. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.

2. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.

3. Always be sure of your target and beyond.

4. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.

5. Unload guns when not in use.

6. Store guns and ammo separately.

7. Be sure barrel and action are clear of obstructions.

8. Never carry a loaded gun while climbing a fence or tree, crossing a stream or ditch or while riding in a vehicle or boat.

9. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.

10. Never use alcohol or drugs while handling a firearm.
Ski area information and current snow conditions

State: Ohio | Indiana | Michigan | New York | West Virginia | Pennsylvania
NOTE: Click on resort to see more information and current conditions.

Ohio
Resort
Location
Phone

Alpine Valley Ski Resort
Chesterland, OH
(440) 285-2211

Boston Mills Ski Resort
Peninsula, OH
(800) 875-4241

Brandywine Ski Resort
Sagamore Hills, OH
(800) 875-4241

Mad River Mountain
Bellefontaine, OH
(800) 231-SNOW

Snow Trails
Mansfield, OH
(800) OHIO-SKI
Recreation CitiParks

101 W Third St
Dayton OH 45402
Phone:333-8400
Athletics
Athletics Office
101 W Third St
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 333-7346

Parks
Parks & Forestry
325 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 333-5300

Community centers
Arlington Community Center
Phone: 333-2880
3500 McCall Street
Dayton OH 45417

Linden Center
Phone: 333-2446
334 Norwood Ave.
Dayton, OH 45407

Bomberger Teen Center
Phone: 333-TEEN
1306 E. Fifth St.
Dayton OH 45403 Northwest Center
Phone: 333-3322
1600 Princeton Dr.
Dayton, OH 45424

Burkhardt Center
Phone: 333-7985
215 Burkhardt Ave.
Dayton OH 45403

Parkside Center
Phone: 333-3322
176 E Helena St.
Dayton, OH 45404

Richard A. Ellison Senior Center
Phone: 333-6606
2412 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45417

Stuart Patterson Center
Phone: 333-5400
238 Baltimore St.
Dayton, OH 45404

Lohrey Center
Phone: 333-3131
2366 Glenarm Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420

Westwood Center
Phone: 333-1371
611 Leland Ave.
Dayton, OH 45417

Year round pools
Belmont Pool
2366 Glenarm Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
Phone: Pool – 333-3128
Center – 333-3131
Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dabney Pool
1600 Princeton Dr.
Dayton, OH 45424
Phone: Pool 333-3053
Center: 333-3322
Hours
Monday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 6 a.m – 7:45 p.m
Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Summer pools
Bomberger Pool*
1306 E. Fifth St.
Dayton OH 45403

Burkham Pool
803 S. Broadway St.
Dayton, Ohio 45408

Fairview Pool
900 McCleary Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45406

Mallory Pool*
3037 Germantown St.
Dayton, Ohio 45408

Stuart Patterson Pool
238 Baltimore St.
Dayton, OH 45404

*Outdoor pay pool / Admission fee
Youth (17 & under) $1.25
Adults (18 & over) $2.25
Seniors (60 & over) $2.25

Recreation centers with athletic facilities
Burkhardt Center
Phone: 333-7985
215 Burkhardt Ave.
Dayton OH 45403

Bomberger Teen Center
Phone: 333-TEEN
1306 E. Fifth St.
Dayton OH 45403

Linden Center
Phone: 333-2446
334 Norwood Ave.
Dayton, OH 45407

Lohrey Center
Phone: 333-3131
2366 Glenarm Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420

Jim Nichols Tennis Center
2424 Ridge Avenue
(across from Triangle Park)
Dayton, Ohio 45414
(937) 333-3085

Northwest Center
Phone: 333-3322
1600 Princeton Dr.
Dayton, OH 45424

Stuart Patterson Center
Phone: 333-5400
238 Baltimore St.
Dayton, OH 45404

Westwood Center
Phone: 333-1371
611 Leland Ave.
Dayton, OH 45417

Soccer fields

Belmont Park
Map
Bomberger Park

Burkham Park

Burns Jackson Park

Cleveland Park

Gateway Soccer
Highland Park

Kettering Field
Madden Park
Nordale Park

Sandlewood Park
Stuart Patterson Park
Triangle Park

Walnut Hills Park
Washington Park
City of Dayton Pools

During the summer, the City of Dayton operates five outdoor swimming pools. Lots of fun and exciting programs and special activities are planned for this upcoming summer season. For more information about summer aquatic programs, please call 333-5300, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and ask for Sue Wilkinson or Emory Daniel.

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture offers a full-service aquatics program at its year-round swimming pools.

Pool
Location
Hours
Fees for all pools

Belmont – Year round
2366 Glenarm Avenue
Phone:333-3128
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Youth (17 & under) $1.25
Adults (18 & over) $2.25
Seniors (60 & over) $2.25

Dabney – Year round
1600 Princeton Drive
Phone: 333-3053
Monday 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 6 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Summer Pools:

Bomberger Pool
1306 E. Fifth St.
333-6426
hours

Mallory Pool
3037 Germantown St.
333-6426

Burkham Pool
803 S. Broadway St.
333-6426

Fairview Pool
900 McCleary Ave.
333-6426

Stuart Patterson Pool
238 Baltimore St.
333-6426
Area bowling associations
Contact information for local bowling associations.

Bowling Proprietors of Ohio
529 Windsor Park Drive
Centerville OH 45475-0996
Phone: (937) 433-8363

Dayton Bowling Association
50 Walnut St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 222-2695

Dayton Women’s Bowling Association
50 Walnut St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 222-9422