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+)

8:30am start time, Half Marathon Caesar Creek Hike - Moderately Brisk

Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center

Start time: 8:30am. As a courtesy to the other hikers, please arrive 5-10 minutes early so we can begin hiking at the scheduled time. Thank you.
[masked] MPH, moderately brisk pace. Caesar Creek Perimeter Trail +. We will start at the Visitor Center, then hike the Perimeter Trail in a clockwise direction (so we hike the hills first). We should end up hiking around[masked] miles, which includes either the Gorge Trail or portions of the red/blue/green trails. Or, if the group desires, we may optionally do both, for 14.5 miles.

The pace should be approximately[masked] MPH (18-20 min/mile). This is not a slow pace. If the pace is too fast for you, please be prepared to hike on your own back to your car.

Please note that some GPS units in cars will not route you properly to the start of the hike. Instead, in the Meetup app for the hike, tap the Google icon and follow the routing.

This is a difficult hike due to the terrain - full of roots, rocks, and little tree stumps - all perfect for tripping on. It is also absolutely incredible due to the beautiful lake, rope bridge, rock face, and the quaint pioneer village we traverse though and the super cool people who participate in this hike.

Please bring an adequate amount of water and/or electrolytes based on temperature as well as a snack. We'll stop briefly 6 miles from the start and at Pioneer Village to eat and hydrate. We will meet at the Caesar Creek beautiful Visitor Center where they have clean rest rooms. If you have any questions please feel free to message me through meet up or text me at[masked]. Happy Hiking! Jim

Hike Taylorsville

Taylorsville MetroPark

We will hike 3-4 miles at a moderate pace.

Urban Hike: "The Neighborhoods"

Needs a location

Let's get together and explore the unique neighborhoods and areas the Dayton vicinity has to offer!

For this Urban Hike we will be visiting Smith Gardens and the Houk Stream Forest. They are both hidden gems nestled in the city of Oakwood.

The Smith Gardens were started on the property of Carlton and Jeanette Smith in the 1930s. They donated it to the city of Oakwood with the agreement they would keep it going and they have. You will feel like you are in fairy tale. So many plants, trees, flowers.
Ohio Magazine states that its the finest tiny garden in Ohio.

see link below


The address for Smith Gardens is 11 Walnut Lane but the entrance is on Oakwood ave. near Walnut lane. I drive a green Chevy Equinox.

First we will walk down from Smith Gardens to Houk Stream Forest. A beautiful surprise set in Oakwood with a creek, forest, benches and another small garden, Francines Garden. We'll walk through the forest and then back up to Smith Gardens and tour them before we leave.

It's about 2 miles and there are some inclines in Houk Stream Forest. Also coming up to go back up to Smith Gardens is a decently long incline.
Bring your hiking poles for Houk Stream if you feel you might need them.

We will be seeing some gorgeous homes and will stop to admire them along with the beauty of Oakwood.

Wear comfy shoes, dress for the weather.

I'll cancel if it's bad out.
See you soon...Yoli

Carriage Hill MetroPark Hike

Location visible to members

This hike will be moderately brisk/fast (3.5 ) and we will do Orange trail and lake loop to complete 4.1 miles. The trail is all terrain with Prairie and Woods, but mostly flat.

Note: This trail tends to be muddy!

Welcome to Dayton Hikers. If you can't add a +1 then guests are not permitted. Have your friend join Dayton Hikers and sign up. Check this out: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/

Past events (11,029)

Brisk paced hike at Sugarcreek

Sugarcreek MetroPark