What we're about

The Dayton Hikers group is the largest and most active outdoor recreation group in the Dayton, Ohio area. 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://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/1... (https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/18933878/Hiker_Etiquette/)

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 (5+)

Passport hike: Moderate Sugarcreek Hike

Sugarcreek MetroPark

Let's hike approximately 5 mi at Sugarcreek Metro park. Please arrive promptly at 4:00 pm and update your RSVP appropriately by 3:45 pm. There are a few steep hills on this hike, but I'll take it the speed of the group and take breaks as needed. I expect it will be a moderate pace (Avg. 3.0 mph). It will be getting dark last few miles so bring a head lamp. • Wear sturdy,waterproof shoes as there are numerous creek crossings in this park. • This meetup may be cancelled if bad snow storms are eminent. A decision will be made by 3:30pm. • Bring plenty of water for hydration and snacks if needed. • As with any Meetup hike, you are responsible for your own safety and enjoyment. By going on this hike you agree not to hold the hike leader or the Meetup group liable for any injury, disappointment or challenges of any kind. Please see the group legal waivers (http://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/Legal_Waiver/) you agreed to when you signed up for Dayton Hikers, for more. We'll see you on the trail.

Backpacking Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest backpacking trail head

Expect Cold Temperatures and the right Gear is a MUST! Meet up at the Ironton Ranger Station. We will be hiking the vesuvius lakeshore and backpacking trail, which is a total of 17.28 mile trail.

Passport hike at beautiful Taylorsville Dam

Taylorsville MetroPark - East of Dam Lot

This hike will be approximately 5.3 miles at a moderate/brisk pace. We will follow the Yellow and Orange Trails. You may want to bring water, your trekking poles, hiking boots or shoes you don't mind getting muddy. A headlamp or flashlight is highly recommended. We will meet at parking area just east of dam across from Bridgewater Rd. As soon as you cross dam the lot is on the north side. Directions: Take exit 63 off I-75 turn east. Turn south on Brown School Rd. for about 1.5 miles, turn east on Rt 40. Cross dam parking on north side across from Bridgewater Rd. Map Link To Meeting Location: http://tinyurl.com/lh4pof8 Participate at your own risk. By attending this event, you agree to our group legal waiver found at this link: Legal Waivers Page (http://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/Legal_Waiver/)

Passport Hike: Creekside Reserve - Beaver Creek Wetlands Winter Series Hike

Beavercreek Station on Creekside Trail

Hike the Beaver Creek Wetlands Series: Creekside Reserve Dayton Hikers Passport Sticker available for this hike. The wetlands are beautiful places in fall and winter. So let's get outside and visit the reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. These places are very important to me and I love to visit them. This will be a discovery hike. Pace will be slow as we will stop frequently to look, take pictures and talk about features of this reserve. In this series, we will visit all 11 reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. LENGTH: About 3.5-4 miles total DIFFICULTY: Flat but prepare for possible mud, standing water. AMENITIES: 137 acres with parking lots at North Fairfield Road and Factory Road, hiking trails, overlooks along creek trails, bike trail, and restrooms at parking lots ABOUT: Creekside Reserve Creekside Reserve follows the bike path that parallels US Route 35 between Factory and North Fairfield Roads. Off the bike path, trails provide nice views of the Little Beaver Creek and occasional meadows. The land was donated by Moraine Associates in 1999, and Creekside Reserve was dedicated as a reserve by the Greene County Park District in September 2000. The southwest corner of the reserve features a constructed wetland that was created after road improvements on US 35. That wetland is dedicated to Bill and Grace Hagenbuch for their many years of wetland preservation. WHAT TO SEE: Look for deer, woodpecker, woodchuck, coyote and rabbit along the Little Beaver Creek. Creekside Reserve features a small fen, constructed wetlands, an upland prairie of tall grasses and coneflowers, and a typical flood plain forest containing sycamore, box elder, walnut, ash and honey locust. About the Beaver Creek Wetlands: The Beaver Creek Wetlands encompass over 2000 acres along the Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek watershed. The Beaver Creek Wetlands were preserved through a community partnership that encourages the restoration of wetland and traditional upland habitats, such as forests and prairies. The wetlands are managed by the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, a non-profit land trust that promotes the use of these protected areas for education, research and recreation. www.beavercreekwetlands.org Links Creekside Reserve http://beavercreekwetlands.org/maplocations-creekside.html Pet Policy: Please leave pets at home. Thanks!

Past events (6,771)

Passport hike: Moderate Sugarcreek Hike

Sugarcreek MetroPark

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