Come and join Dawn on a moderately-paced (2.5 mph) evening hike for approximately 4 miles on the yellow & brown trails through Bill Yeck Park. The park is a 194-acre natural area along 1.75 miles of Sugar Creek. Relax, unwind after work, and get some exercise in a beautiful setting.
**NOTE: Bill Yeck is the only park I do on Wednesdays that can become impassable because of the stream crossings if there has been a lot of rain. If it's been a rainy week, this hike may get moved to Sugarcreek Park right up the street. Be sure to recheck this hike listing on the day of the hike to see if we have to reset to Sugarcreek.**
We will meet in the small parking lot at the McGuffey Meadow Entrance off Wilmington Pike. Parking is limited there, so carpooling is encouraged. Disregard the wrong auto-generated map that comes up for this address. Use: http://goo.gl/maps/xHLp6
About the limit on Attendees, I am limiting attendance to 15 people because the parking lot is fairly small. If this hike fills and a wait list forms (which usually happens), and if folks are willing to arrange carpools, I will add to the number of attendees allowed for each person carpooling *with somebody who is already coming and taking up a parking space*.
Please note that we do not wait for latecomers to start the hike. Please plan to be on-time, geared up and READY TO START HIKING at 6:30 p.m. For these hikes, I am a "firm believer in the hereafter".
In other words:
"Be Here On Time or You'll Be Here After"
The park is treasured by hikers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts and harbors many rare species of plant life, providing a home to a variety of animals in every season. Fossils from the Ordovician period can be found in Sugar Creek which flows through the park. The park connects with other parks and wildlife areas creating a large corridor of green space that extends from St. Leonard Center to the Little Miami River. This unbroken wooded area makes the park's wildlife abundant and varied.
Another feature of the park is the Tri-centennial Time-Trail. Established during the Centerville-Washington Township bi-centennial in 1996, the time trail is a tract of land representing 100 years of natural succession. Each year another unmown section is added, creating a trail showing how a field turns into a forest. The latest addition to the park is the former Victor and Mary Jane Smith property along Centerville Station Road. The 37-acre site includes a historic home and corn crib, meadow, and woods.
Bill Yeck Park was originally named Sugar Valley Park. The name was changed in 1996 in honor of William S. Yeck, the Father of the Park District. Bill's main interest was in nature parks and he spent a lot of time in this park.
As you hike through the park, you may find evidence of what this area was like in the 1800's. Standing on the observation deck at Rooks Mill Lane, look across the creek to see the former location of the J. Murphy sawmill which was built around 1830. Look up at the flat area on the other side of the creek to see where the mill race used to power the mill was located. Hike the yellow trail and discover the Abner Stevens well and cabin site, once situated by a lost road that ran from Sugar Ridge Lane along the creek to the 1817 Neil-Tucker Grist Mill north of the Park. The well's above-ground wall was rebuilt in 1984. In the far northwest corner of the park is another abandoned well on the Thomas Miller property whose dwelling was located here in 1851.
The Legal Stuff: Your hike leader is just a fellow member volunteer. By participating in this hike, you assume all risks of liability and injury inherent in hiking activities. You are responsible for your own safety and for determining if you are in a condition fit to participate. You are also responsible for knowing and abiding by all laws and park rules during your participation on this hike. Children: You must be 18 y/o to participate on this hike or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for you. If bringing a child, please make sure that he or she is old enough and experienced enough to hike the full trail, to keep up with the group and to behave appropriately so that they do not disturb the other hikers. Sorry, but no infants, toddlers or children under 10 years old. As the adult responsible for bringing a child, you agree to the waivers and "legal stuff" on behalf of such child and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless your hike leader, group organizer and Dayton Hikers from any liability whatsoever for the child's presence at and/or participation on this hike. Lighting: Please be advised that all hikers using the trail after sunset and before sunrise should carry a light with them to provide safe passage (in some parks, this is mandated by law). Guests: Guests of members are welcome, but they MUST READ and agree to the "legal stuff" and Dayton Hikers Legal Waivers page to participate. By coming on this hike as a guest, each guest represents that he or she has read and agreed to the "legal stuff" and the waivers. Also, by bringing a guest, you represent and warrant that you have notified your guest of the waivers and "legal stuff", that your guest has agreed to same and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless your hike leader, group organizer and Dayton Hikers from any liability whatsoever for the guest's presence at and/or participation on this hike. Please RSVP +# so I can have a good head count on who is coming and how many I'm looking to find before we start. Dogs: Finally, in parks where they are permitted, dogs are welcomed on my hikes as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash no more than 6' long, no flexies. You are responsible to pick up after them during the hike and to keep them from disturbing the other hikers. Please keep in mind that my hikes tend to have a fairly large number of hikers. If your dog has not experienced hiking in a large group, it may be overwhelming, even if your dog is normally sociable.
Be sure to read the Legal Waivers you agreed to when you joined Dayton Hikers and to which you agree each time you sign up for a hike. Here is a courtesy link: Legal Waivers Page