Resources and Places to Play
Looking for places to “Get out and Live” in while you’re in town for The Adventure Summit? Check out the finest outdoor recreation facilities in the area. In addition to the resources and destinations below check out outdoordayton.com for much more.
Wright State University Outdoor Resource Center (ORC)
The ORC creates opportunities to build adventure skills through a variety of hands on clinics and instructional workshops. Outdoor trips are designed to be low risk, affordable, educational, and fun. Our events are designed to accommodate all levels of experience, from the curious novice to the accomplished mountain climber. It is our goal to help people feel more connected to one another and to develop an appreciation for the great outdoors and our natural resources.
Team building activities can now be facilitated at the new Climbing Tower and Low Ropes Course. These facilities help promote self-discovery, the development of social skills, mutual respect, fair play, and sportsmanship while encouraging friendship and camaraderie. Positive relationships are built through laughter, while celebrating successes and accomplishments.
Learn more about the Challenge Course
Five Rivers MetroParks Outdoor Recreation
Five Rivers MetroParks Outdoor Recreation Team offers instruction in paddling, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, cycling, fly fishing, and more. In addition to entry level instructional programs where equipment is provided you can also take advanced courses to further develop your skills. MetroParks outdoor recreation programming is designed to introduce you to an activity and guide you through a progression to become an independent enthusiast. Not sure where to start? Look for our popular “Try It” activities. MetroParks Programs
Grab your mountain bike, helmet and friends to Get Out and “Ride MoMBA”.
Ride the Miami Valley Trails, the nation’s largest paved trail network
The Miami Valley offers the nation’s largest paved trail network! providing ample opportunity for visitors to get out and bike, walk or blade while in town for the summit. These trails travel through Clark, Greene (Home of the Adventure Summit), Miami, Northern Warren and Montgomery Counties taking visitors through some of the most scenic and historic areas of our region.
Adventure Summit visitors can hop on the Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway to the Mad River Trail where you can head east to Xenia on the Creekside Trail to meet the Little Miami Scenic Trail or carry on to RiverScape MetroPark in Downtown Dayton to join the Great Miami River Trail.
Visit the Miami Valley Trails website to plan your ride!
Play Some Disc Golf
This sport is rapidly growing in popularity in Ohio with over 35 courses within Southwestern Ohio. The Dayton Disc Golf Association is very active in our community with tournaments and events almost every week on local courses.
While you’re in town, check out the new Blue Heron disc golf course at Englewood MetroPark or one of the many other courses in the Dayton Area.
Looking for a backcountry backpacking experience that traverses many different natural habitats with rich biodiversity and wildlife? Welcome to the Twin Valley Trail. The TVT in Five Rivers MetroParks combines the existing network of trails in Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks with a connection to create a longer, more integrated trail system. Set in the rolling hills of the Twin Valley, it provides a backpacking experience reminiscent of backcountry wilderness trails with beautiful hills, babbling brooks, abundant wildlife, history and small town charm. Secluded camping opportunities are sprinkled throughout this 29 mile trail that connects Germantown and Twin Creek MetroPark.
Group and secluded backcountry camping will allow everyone to experience the wilds of the Twin Valley and this rural corner of Montgomery County like never before.
Download Map of TVT
Paddle Local Rivers
One of the unique things about Dayton Ohio is the miles and miles of riverways including Ohio’s only National Water Trail. Check out these river maps produced by the Miami Conservancy District and explore our designated water trails. Some of the best paddling can be found on the Mad River, Stillwater River, Great Miami River and Twin Creek.
For our whitewater boaters and river surfers, check out the Mad River Run at Eastwood MetroPark and the RiverScape River Run at RiverScape MetroPark. All three features allow for thru-paddlers to paddle down river through each feature while also allowing for play boating and surfing.
The region offers a variety of camping options. Five Rivers MetroParks offers something for everyone with frontcountry, backcountry, and trailside camping options. Some other regional offerings can be found at miamivalleytrails.org/camping
Ready to experience Dayton? Here are just a few ideas of places to go and things to see in the Dayton area for all ages!
Check out the Dayton Visitors Bureau for even more!