Hiking after the storm: Local trails that are open after the rain

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Staff photo by Lauren Clark.
Staff photo by Lauren Clark.(HANDOUT)

With temperatures becoming more mild as we head into March, spring fever has officially arrived -- along with the desire to get outdoors. 

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One of the first signs of spring is getting out and enjoying the parks and hiking amenities throughout the region. 

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Dayton and the Miami Valley has plenty of hiking trails that are ideal any time of the year — many near and even along scenic rivers like the Great Miami and the Little Miami River. 

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The heavy downpours we’ve seen the past two weeks, however, can disguise riverside beauty as a muddy mess. 

Although many trails in the Dayton-area are puddled and almost flooded in a few spots, local park rangers and experts tell us there are still plenty of places that will keep your hiking boots relatively dry. 

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Angie Sheldon, outdoor recreation coordinator for Five Rivers, warns that trails may be a little muddy across all of the parks in the Dayton-area system, but there are several trails below the flood line and ideal for enjoying right now. 

If you’re curious about your favorite park or trail, you can check the Five Rivers MetroParks alert page for more info. 


1. Hills & Dales Metropark’s Adirondack Trail 

Take a stroll through a high-quality forested wetland along the 1.4-mile Adirondack Trail that includes a loop around Dogwood Pond and a boardwalk. Click here for a park map.

WHERE: Located east of State Route 741 between South Dixie Highway and Far Hills Avenue in Kettering with entrances off Patterson Boulevard 

2. Englewood Metropark’s Purple Trail 

Enter the trail near Patty Shelter for a short half-mile walk through a wooded area, with a view of Patty Falls. Click here for a park map.

WHERE: 4361 W. National Road, Englewood 

3. Medlar Conservation Area’s Great Little Trail 

Take a scenic walk through the wetlands on the paved Great-Little Trail. Click here for a park map.

WHERE: 4558 Medlar Road, Miamisburg 

4. Taylorsville Metropark’s Orange and Green Trails 

These loop trails are perfect for a scenic walk, whether you’re looking for a short loop (the Green Trail, 0.5 miles) or a long loop (the Orange Trail, 3.2 miles).

If you’re up for a bigger adventure, the Great Miami River Bikeway runs through this park. Due to recent rain, parts of the Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail are closed. Click here for a park map.

WHERE: 2000 U.S. 40, Vandalia  

5. Germantown Metropark’s Silver Trail 

During periods of high water, many of this park’s trails may be impassible due to proximity to the river. However this small trail that connects to the wildly popular 7.5-mile orange trail is a safe bet. Follow this 1.6-mile trail for beautiful woodland scenery. Click here for map.

WHERE: Main entrance at 7101 Conservancy Road, Germantown 

6. Aullwood Garden Metropark 

Enjoy a path through a woodland and a prairie. The park contains beautiful garden displays donated by Marie Aull, conservationist.
“Aullwood is beautiful this time of year as things begin to come into bloom,” Sheldon said. Click here for map.

WHERE: Located next to Englewood MetroPark, 955 Aullwood Road  

7. Glen Helen’s Inman Trail

Ranger Susan Smith from Glen Helen said that while some areas might still be a little muddy, almost all of Glen Helen’s main trails are completely passable without much difficulty at all. The Inman Trail in the Nature Preserve is especially a good place for a dry hike right now. 

WHERE: Start at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, 405 Corry Street, Yellow Springs 

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8. Glen Helen’s Fire Road Trail

Approximately two miles long, the Fire Road Trail in Glen Helen is a guaranteed dry hike, according to Ranger Smith. 

WHERE: Start at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, 405 Corry Street, Yellow Springs 

9. Indian Mound Reserve 

A Greene County Park District spokeswoman told us this trail is particularly dry and ideal for hiking. 

WHERE: 2750 US 42 E, Cedarville 

10. Russ Nature Reserve 

This 90-acre mixed prairie and woodland is far enough away from rivers to keep the trails in good hiking condition, a Greene County Parks District spokeswoman told us. 

WHERE: 2380 Kemp Road, Beavercreek

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Dayton police, fire rescue cat from tree after community members plead for help

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 7:56 PM

Cat is rescued from tree near Hospice of Dayton

- UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: 

The cat has been rescued, according to a Hospice of Dayton spokesperson.

 Dayton fire and police personnel were able to remove the cat from the tree. The cat was said to be healthy and will be taken a local animal facility that accepts stray cats. 


A cat with apparent injuries up in a tree on Hospice of Dayton grounds tonight has some people in the community concerned.

A cat was stuck in a tree near Hospice of Dayton. PHOTO COURTESY OF BETHANY WALKER

There have been posts on social media, including the WHIO Facebook page, and calls to our newsroom from people who want to get help for the animal.

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We reached out to Hospice of Dayton, and officials there said they are working to resolve the issue.

Earlier, police were called to stop citizens from trying to retrieve the cat.

It’s not clear how long the cat has been in the tree.

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Chance for rain, snow returns this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

A pleasant evening is expected in the Dayton area, but rain and snow are expected to return later this week.

A quiet night is expected with temperatures overnight dropping into the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar  said.


  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Snow expected Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lower temperatures this week

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Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

>>County-by-County Forecast 

Tuesday: The chance for snow is increasing, as more recent model runs are becoming more consistent and are agreeing more on the chance for snow. We’re calling for snow on Tuesday, some of which could be heavy at times. This snow looks to continue into Wednesday as well. Highs will be in the lower 40s early in the morning with most of the day staying in the 30s. 

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Wednesday: Snow is likely to continue into Wednesday, especially earlier in the day. By the time the snow wraps up, it looks like we’ll see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however, there is still a lot of time between now and the event, allowing time for the track to change course. This will have a large effect on just how much snow we see. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s for the day. 

>>Severe Weather Guide

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but the chance for rain returns at night. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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Tecumseh community launches balloons to honor teen who loses cancer battle

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 6:34 PM

Balloon launch for Collin at Tecumseh High School

Gold balloons filled the sky this afternoon at the Tecumseh High School football field after hundreds of community members gathered to honor a teen who died of cancer.

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Collin Griffin, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Tecumseh Middle School, died March 9 following a yearlong battle with a rare form of cancer.

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His funeral was held Wednesday.

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Brush fire spreads to 5 acres, is put out quickly

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:25 PM

UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.

Crews left the scene of a brush fire that spread to 5 acres in an area off the 5000 block of Medlar Road.

The fire, reported around 3:20 p.m., was extinguished quickly by responding crews.


Crews are on scene of brush fire this afternoon involving a reported 5 acres.

The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. in the 5000 block of Medlar Road, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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