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 Workout Hike at Hills and Dales

Hills and Dales Paw Paw Shelter

5 miles, 3.5 - 3.75 MPH, no breaks till the end. Both fun hills twice. Bring water and use trekking poles if you want. No dogs on these hikes. If your plans change, please change your rsvp to "no". Keep an eye on this posting for updates if severe weather is threatening. Will be starting at 6:00 pm. Gregg[masked]

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/)

Hocking Hills Winter Hike

Ash Cave

My cell is[masked] but you might not be able to get phone reception in the area. Make sure you get there in plenty of time to be ready to hike. YOU MUST BE THERE AT 10:00 TO GET SHUTTLED. Prepare for a lack of electronics. You might want to download a map of the area before you go. Area map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ash+Cave/@39.4078256,-82.564069,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8847c03d11ca6ca5:0x10afe428eb224409!8m2!3d39.3969488!4d-82.5457012 We will meet at the Ash Cave parking lot shelter at 10:00 and shuttle to Old Mans Cave. After the hike, whoever has cars at Ash Cave will give the hikers who have cars at Old Man's Cave a ride. We will be hiking 6 miles at 3mph. It is not a slow pace. If you want to hike 12 miles, meet us at the shelter leading into the Old Man Cave trailhead shortly after 10:00 and hike back to Old Man's Cave from Ash Cave. I am only leading 6 miles. Yaktraxs or ice spikes are REQUIRED if snow or ice is on the ground. Trekking poles are HIGHLY recommended. Dress for the weather. It is better to take layers off than on when hiking in cold weather. Bring water and snacks. There are 15 plus Happy Campers getting cabins at nearby Hope Lake State Park. You might want to get a cabin at and make a weekend out of it. Happy Camper Event link. https://www.meetup.com/HappyCampers/events/258496060/ Embrace the natural beauty of the area. We will hike the most popular of all the Hocking areas, the Old Man's to Ash Cave. This is the most scenic trail in Ohio, especially in the winter. For Trail map: http://www.hockinghillspark.com/Old_Mans_Ca... (http://www.hockinghillspark.com/Old_Mans_Cave.asp) By attending this event you agree to take full responsibility for your own health and safety.

Passport Slow to Moderate Hills & Dale Hike

Location visible to members

Anyone is welcome to join who's interested in enjoying a hike without rushing to the finish line. There will be a restroom/water break. Wear some hiking shoes, bring water and a snack, hiking sticks, and a flashlight. This is a 2-3 mile hike. We will be meeting at the Dogwood Pavilion located on S. Patterson and Park Road. Should you get lost, give me a call. [masked]. If the weather is rainy or snowy, the hike may be canceled.

Past events (6,843)

PassPort Hike, Brukner Nature Center

Brukner Nature Center

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