What we're about

Welcome to the Dayton Hikers group! We are a community of people who enjoy hiking and outdoor activities. Joining Dayton Hikers is fast, free and easy. We don’t have dues, meetings, officers or a newsletter.

Come hike with us and meet other people who share a love for hiking! All interested people are welcome to join whether you are a beginner hiker or a seasoned backpacker. Most members are from the Dayton region but anyone is welcome to join.

We don't lead drop-in hikes for the public. You must be a member. For how Dayton Hikers operates please visit: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/

By attending any events you agree to our waiver of liability: https://daytonhikers.com/waiver/ (https://daytonhikers.com/faq/)

We are all about getting exercise, making friends, exploring nature, living a healthier lifestyle and making our community a better place to live!

Live To Hike … Hike To Live

Andy Niekamp

Group Organizer

Dayton, Ohio - The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest!

Upcoming events (4+)

Volunteer: Help Build The Spotted Turtle Trail

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Volunteer for the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association and help build The Spotted Turtle Trail our region's newest 15-mile trail.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we need volunteers from 9:00 a.m. until noon to help build a 2,000-foot boardwalk in Dave Nolin Wetland Reserve for phase 2 of the Spotted Turtle Trail Project. Be part of an epic journey! No experience is needed.

Tools & Gear Needed

  • Ear plugs and dust mask provided. Bring your own if you prefer.
  • Vision protection also advised.
  • Gloves, water, long pants, bug spray, sunscreen for your protection.
  • Bring battery operated drill drivers if you have them. We will have some extra on site.

Recommended What To Wear and Bring:

  • Long sleeves and long pants
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Work and/or Rubber boots
  • Hat for sun
  • Work gloves

DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETUP LOCATION: Meet at the end of South Deer Hollow Trail, Beavercreek. From Fairground Road, turn south on Heatherwood Trail, then turn right on South Deer Hollow Trail. Park in the neighborhood. CAUTION! Do not turn on NORTH Deer Hollow Trail directly off Fairground Road. That is a different road.

Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JCqNhwpf57EnHZaY7

DOWNLOAD/PRINT/SIGN:

Please download, print, sign, and bring this waiver and volunteer agreement with you: https://daytonhikers.com/BCWA-Liability-Waiver.pdf

These waivers are good for one year. If you have already one completed for 2022 then you are good for the rest of the year.

Any questions? Contact Beth at [masked]

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Friday Freedom Five - Narrows Reserve

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Friday Freedom Five - Narrows Reserve
5 miles, ~ 3mph (brisk)
No pets. One guest

Let's hike this holiday Friday at the Narrow Reserve. We will hike on the Old Road, Vista, River, Sugar Bush, and Big Woods Trails and make one big loop. This is a scenic hike. I'm not super-familiar with the trails at this park but I am confident I can find my way.

Trekking poles and drinking water are recommended.

Parking in the grass and along the roadways is prohibited. All cars MUST be in an established parking spot only.

About Narrows Reserve: Narrows Reserve is beautiful. Calming and exciting, refreshing and familiar all at the same time. There are close to six miles of trails that wind along the Little Miami River and through woods and meadows.

Dayton Hikers FAQs: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/

The Legal Stuff: The event hosts are just fellow member volunteers, not your hiking guides or guru. By participating in this event, 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. If you have any doubts, you should consult your doctor. You are also responsible for knowing and abiding by all laws and hiking rules during your participation on this hike. By participating in this event you agree to the Dayton Hikers legal waiver here: https://daytonhikers.com/waiver/

Friday nights at Taylorsville

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5.4 mile hike. On beautiful trails at Taylorsville.

Gorgeous Grant Galore - 7 Miles

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~7 Miles, ~3 mph
One guest. No pets.

Gorgeous Grant Galore! We will hike the yellow, brown, blue, and red trails and lots of unmarked trails to stitch together a ~7-mile hike with minimal overlap. Plan on crossing the creek over large, uneven, rocks. You will see plenty of pretty scenery on this hike. Meet at the Nature Nook parking lot on McEwen Road. The route is mostly flat with a couple of short hills.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The intersection of Alex-Bell and Mad River Roads is currently closed for road updates.

Recommended Equipment: Trekking poles and water.

Description of Park:

Grant Park is a 187-acre natural area. Trails in the park lead along creeks and through meadow, forest, prairie, and wetland habitats. The trails are of varying difficulty; some follow ridge lines or bottom lands, while others climb fairly steep hills.

Park Web Page: http://www.cwpd.org/parks/grant/

Dayton Hikers FAQs: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/

The Legal Stuff: The event hosts are just fellow member volunteers, not your hiking guides or guru. By participating in this event, 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. If you have any doubts, you should consult your doctor. You are also responsible for knowing and abiding by all laws and hiking rules during your participation on this hike. By participating in this event you agree to the Dayton Hikers legal waiver here: https://daytonhikers.com/waiver/

Past events (10,183)

The Germantown Ice Cream Trail - 5+ Miles

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