Hiking


Beaver Creek Wetlands Nature Reserve

Enter through Phillips Park, 2132 Dayton Xenia Rd., 45434, Beavercreek
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Just north of Phillips Park and Rotary Park in Beavercreek you’ll discover the 76 acres of the Beaver Creek Wetlands Nature Reserve. Entrance to the reserve is through Phillips Park, just east of Orchard Lane off Dayton-Xenia Road. A 1.26 mile loop trail leads hikers through habitats of floodplain woodlands, marsh, wet prairies, woodland pools, scrub shrub wetlands, and along Beaver Creek. The reserve is a bird watchers paradise, and a great place for nature study and photography.

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Glen Helen Nature Preserve

405 Corry Street, 45387, Yellow Springs
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Glen Helen is a 1000 acre nature preserve with 25 miles of trails offering a host of educational public programs and events. We provide residential environmental education through summer Ecocamps and Outdoor School during the school year. We rehabilitate injured birds of prey, run a nature shop and visitor center, host gatherings and retreats in our lovely facilities, and work on the environmental issues of the day.

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Greene County Parks & Trails

575 Ledbetter Rd., 45385, Xenia
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Greene County Parks & Trails invites you to get out of the house and enjoy the natural beauty of Greene County, Ohio! Our 2,600 acres of parks and nature reserves offer hiking, fishing, picnicking, interpretive nature programming, canoeing, camping – activities, classes, camps and special events for every member of the family – including the dog! We are at the very heart of rail trail biking in the Midwest, with over 60 miles on five major paved trails.

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Indian Mound Reserve

2750 U.S. Route 42 North, 45314, Cedarville
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One of our most popular parks, Indian Mound Reserve’s 169 acres offer one of the most diverse areas managed by the Greene County Park & Trails. The park is located just west of Cedarville, on U.S. Route 42.

A spectacular natural resource is created with a blend of Cedar Cliff Falls, the Massie Creek Gorge, meadow, woods, river and marsh, creating an amazing view in any season of the year.

Native American history can be learned here with the Pollock Works, a Hopewell structure, and the Williamson Mound, an Adena structure, both of which are hundreds of years old.

The park also offers an extraordinary wildflower display in early May featuring about 125 species, some of which are rare, including snow trillium. It also boasts one of the largest groves of white arborvitae, a tree on Ohio’s protected species list.

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Jacoby Road Canoe Launch

789 Jacoby Rd., 45385, Xenia
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One of the most picturesque sections of the Little Miami National and State Scenic River flows through the Jacoby Road Canoe Launch. The 23-acre park is situated just a few miles east of U.S. Route 68, north of Xenia, south of Yellow Springs and west of Clifton. Primary access is from the south (Clifton Road to northwest on Jacoby Road). Ample parking and easy access to the river make Jacoby Road a popular launch site for paddlers. Excellent fishing and hiking, and you can reserve a primitive campsite.

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