If you can, it is a good time to get outside, take a stroll, and clear your head. There is plenty of space for social distance in one of the many parks and the trails along the Great Miami Riverway. Here are four for you to visit next.
Search For The First Spring Wildflowers in Hamilton
About four miles northeast of the City of Hamilton’s pretty waterfront and historic downtown along SR 4, lies the MetroPark of Butler County’s Rentschler Forest MetroPark. The park includes over 400 acres of woodland where you can hunt for the first spring wildflowers of the year. The park also includes the Great Miami River, remnants of the old Miami-Erie Canal, a prehistoric Indian earthwork, a reconstructed wetland, and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Motor Vehicle Permit Required. FREE to Butler County Residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually.
Walk The Historic Dayton River Walk
Bird watching. People watching. Breath-taking skyline views. That is the Miami Conservancy District’s River Walk in the heart of downtown Dayton. The nearly 1.25-mile loop follows the levee tops on the south side of the river from Main Street to the Monument Avenue Bridge, across the bridge to Riverview Avenue, then back over the Main Street Bridge. River Walk users can begin their loop at several different points. They also can enjoy Five Rivers MetroParks’ River Run whitewater paddling feature from both river banks and from the Monument Avenue Bridge.
Look For Birds Returning From Their Winter Getaway in Miami County
Head north along the Great Miami River to the Miami County Park District’s Farrington Reserve Park near the City of Piqua. Farrington is 27 acres and plenty of wooded sections along the river for crucial habitat for wildlife and migrating birds. There is a scenic waterfall! You can also hop on the Great Miami River Recreation Trail from their convenient parking lot.
Discover A Great Place To Relax Or Play – and a REALLY Big Rock in Sidney
Visit the City of Sidney’s Tawawa Park, which includes 220 acres of walking trails through beautiful woodland. Take your kids to the playgrounds to burn off some energy, or fish at Tawawa and Amos lakes. Make sure you take a selfie at the covered bridge or Big Rock!
From all of us here at the Great Miami Riverway: Please stay well, and Find Your Way….to a park or trail near you! For more places to get outdoors, visit our interactive Riverway Map.