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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/

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 (5+)

Get Out And Go! - Taylorsville MetroPark Hike

Taylorsville MetroPark

This is a "Get Out And Go" hike! Join members of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club for a Tuesday hike at Taylorsville MetroPark. This will continue to be a fast-paced hike. The hike is through hilly wooded terrain and along the Great Miami River. The Hike begins promptly at 4:30pm. We will be completing the orange/ yellow loops and the black connector trails. There are hills and a pace around 4 miles an hour ... This is a very fast paced hike. Meet at the parking lot near the CCC shelter off Route 40. This is a conditioning hike NOT a leisure hike. About Taylorsville MetroPark: Taylorsville MetroPark contains exceptional examples of mature upland forest with many spring wildflowers, second growth woodlands, natural succession areas, a few aging pine stands, a few managed grasslands, and extensive floodplain forests along the Great Miami River Corridor.

5:00 PM THIS TIME - Workout Hike Options at Sugarcreek

Sugarcreek MetroPark

Starting earlier today in case we want to go to Andy's event at Great Miami Outfitters. May only do the #2 hike this time depending on who's going to hike. Let me know if any questions. Thanks. BRING A HEADLAMP AND/OR FLASHLIGHT. *These hikes are designed to keep the minimum pace shown for each. If you are unsure, start slower and work your way up. The Option #3 hike isn't very slow in comparison to many of the different nice hikes being posted at various locations. You may want to try those first. These groups will keep moving at a steady pace with no breaks. OPTION #1 - 5.5 miles, 4.0 - 4.25 MPH, no breaks till the end. Gregg will be leading this hike. OPTION #2 - 4.75 miles, 3.5 - 3.75 MPH, no breaks till the end. Jim h. will be leading this hike. OPTION #3 - 4.0 miles, 3.0 - 3.25 MPH, no breaks till the end. Rosemary will be leading this hike. Each hike will pass by close to the main entrance for anyone not wanting to do the entire hike. Please ask your hike leader for where this is. Each hike will start and finish at the same time. Each hike is a fun way to get some good exercise and fresh air. Hike leaders may change occasionally depending on who is available and who knows the trail. There are a few hills, rocky surfaces and creek crossings. Bring water and use trekking poles if you want. No dogs on these hikes. If your plans change, please update your rsvp. Keep an eye on this posting for updates if severe weather is threatening. After hike if you like at McIntosh's about 7:30. Gregg[masked]

November Get Together - Chili - The Florida Trail

Great Miami Outfitters

Join the Dayton Hikers group for an informal get together at Great Miami Outfitters. 6:00 pm: Chili Dinner, Mingle and Shopping. Meet members of the group in a relaxed atmosphere. Mingle with your hiking pals. Make new friends. Bring an appetite as we will serve homemade chili, hot drinks, and cider. Go shopping. New members are encouraged to attend. Note: Bring your own water bottle. Or buy one on sale. We will not have plastic bottles of water. We are doing this to cut down on single-use plastics. 7:00 pm: Enjoy a presentation. Title: Walking on Sunshine. A Thru Hike of the 1,100 Mile Florida Trail Description: The southernmost of the National Scenic Trails in America, the Florida Trail is unlike any other. Where else can you see an alligator, bear, and panther all in one day? Take an 1,100 mile journey from the Everglades to Pensacola through the interior of Florida. The Florida Trail ranges from remote and wild knee-deep swamps to bike paths through busy suburban Orlando to the white, sandy beaches of the Panhandle. See parts of Florida that most people never get to see. Learn how Andy endured sun, heat, rain, wind, cold, floods, hurricane damage, alligators and venomous snakes to complete this 2.5-month hike. Presenter: Andy Niekamp 8:00 pm: Go shopping. Get a special discount at Great Miami Outfitters this evening exclusively for the Dayton Hikers members. The discounts for the evening are: 25% off All Fall Apparel 25% off Water Bottles 20% off Sleeping Bags 20% off Tents, Hammocks and Tarps 20% off Mens and Womens Footwear Discounts are courtesy of Great Miami Outfitters.

Note time change!!! - Carriage Hill MetroPark Hike

Carriage Hill Metropark, Shelter: Redwing/Parking Lot

This hike will be moderate/brisk 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.

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Cox Arboretum Monday Night Headlamp Hike

Cox Arboretum MetroPark

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