The City of Springboro’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee is partnering with Mr. Boro’s Tavern to offer a bike ride event on Thursday, July 29. Meet at the tavern at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a 10-mile ride on the streets of Springboro. After the ride, circle back for food and drinks. The ride will happen rain or shine.
Join the Greene County Parks & Trail Sentinels for a free moonlight ride along the region’s bike trails.
GCP&T Trail Sentinels are an elite volunteer group who patrol the trails and coordinate several cycling events.
Join Key Sports, Runners Plus, and Dayton Track Club for July’s edition of the Dayton Pub Run Lite.
The second Pub Run each month is stripped down: no door prizes, reps, etc. Just the essentials and an opportunity to visit smaller or more out-of-the-way breweries.
These walks meet in front of the Nature Center at 1000 Aullwood Road! Join Sam Romeo and Aullwood’s Long-term Butterfly Monitoring team to identify, count and monitor butterfly and skipper populations. Butterfly enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to participate! Bring binoculars if you have them. These walks meet on the sidewalk in front of Aullwood Nature Center at 1000 Aullwood Road. You must preregister for walks by calling 937-890-7360 or clicking on the red PREREGISTER NOW button here to register online. The walk starts promptly at the scheduled start time and ends promptly at the scheduled end time. The number of participants for this walk is limited. This is a Community Science project and there is no cost to attend.
When you think about having fun along Great Miami Riverway, you might remember bicycling with friends on the bike trail, or eating a delicious strawberry donut at the Troy Strawberry festival. But there are a lot of people who only think about one thing: fishing.
Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the world, and the Great Miami River is one of the best rivers in Ohio to try and catch some fish – or at least have some fun trying.
According to data collected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Great Miami River:
- Supports a very diverse fish population. In the Great Miami River, and its tributaries, you can fish for everything from bass, saugeye, crappie, northern pike, and catfish to rock bass. Especially abundant are smallmouth bass, but you might get lucky
and catch a unique species like hybrid striped bass or white bass.
- Produces record-sized fish. ODNR’s Fish Ohio program recognizes anglers who catch fish of noteworthy size on Ohio’s rivers. Out of 30 of the different species caught, 22 were large enough to be recognized. That is more than other large rivers in the region.
- Ranks as Ohio’s best river to catch large smallmouth bass. According to ODNR, the peak season for bigger fish begins in April and is steady through October each year.
- Ranks as a top two riverin Ohio for Rock Bass and a top three for sauger.
- Has produced noteworthy fish in every month of the year. But the best months are March through November.
On the Great Miami River, from 2014-2019, the largest noteworthy catches were:
“I’m passionate about fishing and fly fishing. ODNR’s data helps us understand what kinds of fish live in the river, and the best time of year to catch them,” says Barry Puskas, chief of technical and engineering services for the Miami Conservancy District. Barry’s day job helps our region’s flood protection system operate effectively, but his passion is also fishing.
Barry is an advocate for catch-and-release to encourage the conservation of fish species. “I believe the Great Miami is one of the best waterways to hunt for trophy-sized smallmouth bass in the region, and conservation helps those big fish get bigger”.
To find a great fishing spot on the Great Miami River, use our interactive map and trip planner. There are locations where you can fish from the riverbank, kayak, or motorboat. There is access for every age and ability.
So find your way to a fishing spot near you… on the Great Miami Riverway!
The Miami Valley now has a new option for spending a night beneath the stars: trailside camping.
These sites join MetroParks’ 23 existing camping options, which include front country campsites, accessible by motor vehicles, and backcountry campsites, accessible on foot. The trailside campsites support travelers without a motor vehicle who are passing through the region and need a place to stop before continuing their journey.
“Trailside camping fills a niche to support hikers, cyclists and paddlers who are traveling through Montgomery County on the paved trail network, water trails, and long-distance hiking and bicycle touring routes,” said Brent Anslinger, MetroParks’ outdoor recreation program manager. “These travelers may be out for a few days or on a multi-month adventure that covers thousands of miles. Trailside camping is one more critical amenity that welcomes adventure seekers to the area.”
The new trailside campsites are located along seven long-distance touring routes that run through Montgomery County:
- Buckeye Trail
- North Country National Scenic Trail
- Great American Rail-Trail
- Chicago to New York City Bicycle Route
- Great Miami Riverway Alternate to the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route
- U.S. Bicycle Route 50
- Great Miami River Watershed National Water Trail
The sites also support Dayton’s designation as a Trail Town of two long-distance trails, the Buckeye Trail and North Country National Scenic Trail, and build the region’s growing reputation as The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. Trailside camping also supports MetroParks’ 10-year comprehensive master plan and park master plans.
“Dayton is The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest in part because of all the regional and national trails and routes that pass through the area, including Ohio’s only National Scenic Trail and only National Water Trail, among others,” Anslinger said. “It’s exciting to invite people traveling these routes — as well as anyone seeking multi-day experiences on Miami Valley Trails, the nation’s largest paved trail network with more than 350 miles to explore — to experience Montgomery County and the Great Miami Riverway in a new way.”
Trailside campsites are open year-round. Each can accommodate two small tents and up to six people, with a two-night maximum at the same site. Camping is by permit only but can be booked in advance or on the spot by visiting metroparks.org/reservations.
These primitive trailside camping sites are located in shaded areas with a restroom nearby in three MetroParks:
- Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena St. — located near the Great Miami River Trail and along the Great Miami River Water Trail on the northern edge of the park near a new prairie.
- Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Rd. — located between the Mad River Trail and Buckeye Trail
- Taylorsville MetroPark, 2000 U.S. 40 — located on the south side of the dam along the Great Miami River Trail
The cost to reserve a trailside campsite is $5 per night during peak season, from April 1 through Oct. 31, and $3 per night from Nov. 1 through March 31.
To develop its trailside camping options, Five Rivers MetroParks worked with local, regional and national partners that share the strategic goal of enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities that allow people to connect with nature. Partners include Bike Miami Valley, the Great Miami Riverway, Buckeye Trail Association, North Country Trail Association, National Park Service, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Adventure Cycling Association. Sources from these organizations can be provided upon request.
Take your adventure on two wheels. Want to rent a mountain bike for the day? Renting a bike is easy—here are several places to rent bikes – from single-speed cruisers to tandem bikes to tag-along trailers for little kids
They rent bikes by the hour, day, or week.There is a 2 hour minimum for rentals. Hourly rentals must be returned the same day. Rentals for more than 4 hours receive the daily rate. Full-day rentals must be returned within 24 hours from the time of rental. Since K&G is closed on Sundays, bikes rented on Saturday must be returned by Monday, noon for a one-day rental rate. Road, Hybrid, & Mountain start at $8/hour, $32/day or $75/week
Located across the street from the Little Miami Scenic Trail for easy access.
Mon, Tue, Thu – Sat: 10:00am – 6:00pm
A hub-based bike sharing system in Dayton, Ohio. Users can purchase one time passes or memberships through the Link Dayton app to access bikes at 27 different locations in the Dayton area. Bikes in this system must be returned and locked to a bike rack (or other fixed object) in the designated hubs outlined in the app. The system offers a fleet of green bicycles dubbed Green Link and a fleet of electric bicycles (e-bikes), dubbed eLink.
PayGo – $1 to unlock – eLink: 15¢ per minute Green Link: 10¢ per minute
Day Pass eLink: $15 for 4 hours of ride time GreenLink: $8 for 4 hours of ride time
90 Day Membership – $26 eLink: 10¢ per minute. Green Link: for 80 minutes of ride time per day, 5¢ per minute over included time
Click here for a map of where to pick up a Link bike.
237 East Monument Ave.
Dayton, OH 45402
RiverScape MetroPark is positioned at the center of more than 300 miles of paved, off-street trails in the Dayton region — the nation’s largest paved trail network. You can rent bikes to explore this incredible bikeway network from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, at our RiverScape Rentals concession window. A variety of bicycles are available, as well as a host of bike attachments for your child.
Hybrid, Road bikes and youth bikes Rate – $8/hr, $12/2 hrs, $20/3 hrs
Tandem bikes – Rate: $15/hr, $20/2 hrs, $25/3 hrs
Reservations required for the Monday – Friday rentals (9am – 5pm); walk-ups accepted on Saturdays and Sundays (9am – 2pm).
A public work stand is available for use all summer long. Pump up your tires or fix a flat; adjust a derailleur or brakes; and tweak other parts of your bicycle for free with our public work stand.
Mountain bikes are available for rent on select Saturdays and Sundays at the MetroParks Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA) 4485 Union Rd., Dayton, OH 45424
You can try out the nine miles of single track without committing to buying gear. Bring the little ones out — youth bikes are available. The Hilltop Flow Trail and Tot Track are perfect for getting the kids to try something new. Advance registration is required and fees must be paid at the time of registration. 937-275-PARK (7275) Registration will cut-off at 5pm the evening before each rental opportunity if the minimum number of participants has not been met.
18 N Main St
Spice up your dating lineup with a bike ride around town or explore the trails for the day. We’re bound to have a bike that will fit you and your significant other comfortably.
Road/Cruiser/Hybrid Bikes – $10 first hour, $4 additional hour
Tandem or Recumbent Rental – $15 first hour, $5 additional hour
Helmets, baby carriers, trailers, and locks are available for rent also. Hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly rentals are available. A valid driver’s license and credit card deposit are required for each bicycle rental.
Call (937) 384-0337 for availability or reservations.
We’re only 300 feet from the bike trail!
Tips for your bike rental
- Test drive the bike to ensure you are comfortable with the size, and style of the bicycle and that everything is working properly before you leave the rental area.
- Be aware and follow proper safety and rules of the road.
- In case of emergency pack a mini first aid kit.
- Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.
- Wear a backpack to hold all of the above.
Once you’ve got your bike rented, you may want to access info on where to bike- here’s a great resoure:
Cycling the Great Miami Riverway, there are 99 miles of river, paved trails, and connected communities in southwest Ohio. Check here for trail maps. It will give you info on parking, restrooms and access points.
Love to paddle, row, fish or bird watch? You’ve come to the right place. MCD publishes river maps of the Great Miami River, Stillwater River and Mad River water trails to help you plan your next – or first – kayaking or canoeing experience. The water trail maps show you public access points, river miles, safety information and more. Download them or contact your local park district for a printed copy.
You can also download more detailed maps of the Great Miami River in 10-mile sections. These river access and bike trail 10-mile segment maps will give you a variety of trip ideas.
Within the Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail, you can enjoy
- 291 miles of rivers and streams
- 3 whitewater play kayak parks
- 117 public access points
- 100+ natural and urban parks
- World-class fishing
- Unique river cities and towns
Six rivers and streams – the Great Miami River, Stillwater River and Mad River, along with Twin Creek, Greenville Creek and Buck Creek – make up one of only 21 national water trail systems (designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior) and the only one in Ohio. The three rivers are state-designated water trails, too. And the Stillwater River and Greenville Creek are state-designated Scenic Rivers.
RiverScape MetroPark is positioned at the center of more than 300 miles of paved, off-street bikeways in the Dayton region – the nation’s largest bike trail network. You can rent bikes to explore this incredible bikeway network on Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A variety of bicycles are available, as well as a host of child attachments.
Bike rentals will be available through Sept. 5. Reservations will be required for rentals during the week from 9 am to 5 pm, and walk-ups will be accepted on the weekends from 9 am to 2 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 937-275-7275. The Bike Hub is also open and memberships are available online.
Men’s, women’s and tandem bikes are available as well as youth bikes and weehoo attachements for children to ride behind an adult bike. Rentals are available for 1-, 2-, or 3-hour time blocks and rates start at $8 per hour. Helmets, water bottle cages and trail maps are included with rentals.
- Driver’s license or state identification card required for ALL rentals.
- Must be 16 years or older to rent equipment.
- We reserve the right to terminate a rental on irresponsible behavior at the discretion of its personnel.