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

Build Boardwalk at Dave Nolin Wetland Reserve

Backridge Court

We need your help!! We are working our way towards an August ribbon cutting for the Dave Nolin Wetland Reserve! But, in order for that to happen, we MUST finish the boardwalk first. Please come on out to help build boardwalk this week (and next!)

  • Location: Dave Nolin Wetland Reserve
  • Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
  • Expect every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the boardwalk is complete.
  • Activity: Boardwalk building
  • Parking: SEE MAP attached- Meet at the Dane Mutter Prairie observation deck at 9:00am. The best access point is the lane off Backridge Court. A high chassis vehicle could drive in. Others may park in the street and walk in. There are some walkways in from Pacer Trail, too.
  • Tools: If you have a battery operated drill/driver please bring it. We have extra bits to use.
  • Notes: Water proof boots are advised.

All field volunteers must sign the BCWA liability waiver. If you have not signed it for 2023, please Submit Yours Online.
Upon arrival to a volunteer event, please submit your volunteer hours by scanning the QR Code provided by the crew leader. You may also Click Here to Submit Hours.

**Dayton Hikers- be sure to select "Yes! I am a Dayton Hiker" On the BCWA volunteer hours form. This ensures your hours count as sponsorship dollars for the Spotted Turtle Trail!**

Hike Taylorsville

Taylorsville MetroPark

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

Cox Arboretum morning hike – 3.5 miles - Moderate Pace

6733 N Springboro Pike

Distance: 3.5 miles
Pace: 2.7 to 3.0 mph

Meet near the Welcome Center

The Hike:
We will walk to the Blue/Yellow/Red trailhead, then hike a combination of the Yellow & Blue trails. One brief stop half-way thru the hike.

What to Bring:
Trekking poles (if desired).

No pets please.

Trail map: https://www.metroparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/CoxArboretumMap_07-2017.pdf

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

The Legal Stuff: The event host is just fellow volunteer, not your hiking guide 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 (11,049)

Beautiful Evening Hike at Flat Fork/Caesar Creek, 4.5 miles

Flat fork Ridge Trailhead