We will hike the Twin Valley Trail (TVT) from Kercher Park to Germantown Dam and back. Additionally, we will make a lollipop loop into the Bob Sebenthaler Natural Area. This is a very scenic portion on the TVT that is single track with plenty of ups and downs. Pace will be moderate, but we will not stop for a break unless someone indicates the need to do so.
Meet at the Kercher Park picnic shelter as indicated on the image below.
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Bring source of light, water, and trekking poles (if you have them). It may be getting dark on our return trip. If we get done before 10PM, we can enjoy some after hike grub at Laff's Bar and Grill in downtown Germantown.
MORE ABOUT THE GERMANTOWN METROPARK
Germantown MetroPark is the most diverse and significant natural area managed by MetroParks. The size, quality, and age of the woodlands are exceptional. Steep topography and varied moisture gradients make for a variety of forest types and microhabitats. Many species of plants and animals here are found nowhere else in Montgomery County. The park also contains large open grasslands, cedar glades, dry hillside prairies, all stages of natural succession, several ponds, and an exceptionally high quality stream, Twin Creek. The park also benefits from the fact that it still is surrounded largely by agricultural land and the wooded Twin Creek corridor.
In the 1930’s, the heavily wooded areas above and below the dam were set aside for public use and enjoyment by the Miami Conservancy District. The 3 C’s and WPA projects built shelters, picnic areas, graded roads and built hiking trails along Twin Creek during the depression era. Five Rivers MetroParks assumed operations of the area in 1967.
BOB SIEBENTHALER NATURAL AREA
This beautiful woodland offers a rich display of spring wildflowers and scenic hiking year-round. The area honors the many contributions of former MetroParks Commissioner Bob Siebenthaler made to land stewardship and conservation in the Miami Valley.
The Miami Rivers Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association is the chapter for those who live near or along the Williamsburg, Loveland, Caesar Creek, and Troy sections of the Buckeye Trail (greater Cincinnati to greater Dayton). We support the Buckeye Trail through hiking, backpacking, and volunteer events. Please RSVP for an upcoming gathering!