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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://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 (5+)

Grant Park Hike - Slow Paced

Grant Park at Normandy Elementary School

Time to hike with Mountain Laurel. I have a few stickers left for your Passport book if you need one. We will hike at a slow speed of 2 to 2.5 mph and cover about 3 to 4 miles of trail. There will be tree roots and rocks to avoid and the trail can get narrow at times. Wear hiking boots, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a hiking stick. I hope to see you there. * Don't be late. This hike will start on time so we can attend the "Wine & Cheese Reception + Olivia's Master's Thesis: Exploring Dayton Hikers" event at 6:30 pm at Great Miami Outfitters. Info: http://meetu.ps/e/Gv0DP/SwR5/d 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 ridgelines or bottomlands, while others climb fairly steep hills. Two fire rings, located at the Chimneys and behind the Grant Nature Center, are available for reservations. Campfires are allowed by permit only. For the safety of park visitors, bicycles are not permitted on the trails and all pets must be on a leash.

MetroParks: River Access Van Tour: Great Miami River

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

* Registration Requested With Five Rivers MetroParks. * * Signing up here does not register you for the event. * $5 Age: 18 and up Join us for a driving tour, stopping at different river access points along the Great Miami River to help plan your next paddling adventure. More info and to register: https://www.metroparks.org/things-to-do/paddling/

Hike Moved!!!! Charleston Falls

Charleston Falls Preserve

This hike will be moderate/brisk and we will hike 2 loops totaling 3.7 miles.

Wine & Cheese Reception + Olivia's Master's Thesis: Exploring Dayton Hikers

Program: Take a Hike - Exploring the World of the Dayton Hikers Wine & Cheese Reception + Craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages Olivia McAnirlin's Master's Thesis Presentation about Dayton Hikers Description: From May 2018 - December 2018, Olivia has been collecting data on the Dayton Hikers through attending events and hiking, administering the first DH survey, and having interviews with members of the group. Olivia's research focuses partly on women's participation in Dayton Hikers, but also looks widely at the DH organization. Results from the survey will be shared as well as a holistic view of people's experiences participating in DH. 6:30 pm - Wine & Cheese Reception. Craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages provided. 7:00 pm - Olivia's Master's Thesis Presentation 7: 45 pm - Wrap Up About Olivia McAnirlin: Olivia is a Master's degree candidate at Miami University in Kinesiology graduating May 2019. Her kinesiology focus is in sports psychology and leisure and recreation. She has a Bachelor's in Science degree from Colby-Sawyer College (NH) in exercise-science. Olivia has been a certified group fitness instructor since 2014 and has also done research examining how north-bound hikers bodies change as they hike the Appalachian Trail. Olivia will continue her research on outdoor leisure and recreation at the University of Illinois as a PhD candidate in the Recreation, Sport, and Tourism department August 2019.

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Beginner’s Hike at Cox Arboretum (Passport eligible)

Cox Arboretum MetroPark

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