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

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

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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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Reward offered for missing guest book of Harrison Twp. stabbing victim

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

Harrison Twp. family searching for missing guest book

The family of Amber Hoover, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind a Harrison Twp. home last week, are offering a reward for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guest book that is missing from her funeral.

RELATED: No arrest in fatal stabbing of woman found behind Harrison Twp. home

Hoover, 42, was found stabbed behind a residence on Embury Park Road on June 10, and was pronounced dead at Grandview Medical Center.  The coroner's office ruled the incident a homicide and said Hoover died of multiple stab wounds. 

Hoover’s mother and daughter, who are still mourning the loss, are now focused on finding the missing guest book.

“We absolutely don’t care who has it or why you have it”, said Kelsey Jewett, Hoover’s daughter. “If you have it, we just want it back”.

They are not accusing anyone of stealing the book and are aware it could have simply been misplaced, as there were plenty of visitors at Hoover’s funeral last week. 

“That’s our one last memory to speak of Amber”, said Theresa Jones, Hoover’s mother.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's incident report, deputies found two witnesses and a possible suspect when her body was found. 

Sheriff's investigators know who fatally stabbed Hoover, but they have not arrested the person. 

Anyone willing to come forward with the guest book are urged to contact the family directly or the funeral home. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Fire at Greene County home rekindles, displacing family

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:47 AM

A family is displaced after a fire rekindled in Greene County early Friday morning.

Fire crews originally responded to the house in the 500 block of Golden Willow Court Thursday afternoon for a fire in an upstairs bathroom. The fire was quickly knocked down, said Miami Twp. Fire Chief Colin Altman.

Around 2 a.m. Friday, crews were called back out to the house when the fire rekindled.

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“At this point we’re suspecting some of the insulation kept the heat in, and fans stirred it up and got the fire going,” Altman said.
The fire was through the roof directly above the bathroom when crews arrived. The fire was again knocked down quickly, he said.

The fire was contained to the second floor, but the family is displaced.

No one was injured.

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Patchy fog this morning; showers, storms return for the morning and afternoon 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

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  • Patchy fog this morning
  • Few downpours early
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

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TODAY: Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

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MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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Potential for flooding remains as scattered storms develop 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.

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  • Lingering showers possible overnight
  • Storms Friday could be strong
  • Rain chances decrease by Sunday

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for lingering showers. A rumble of thunder is possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 60s.

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Friday: Partly sunny skies are expected to start the day with scattered thunderstorms developing. While the overall severe weather threat is low, one or two storms could become severe with isolated wind damage or even a tornado possible. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

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Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for a few passing showers or storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Sunday: Partly sunny skies will end the weekend with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Highs will reach back into the lower 80s.

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies will start the new week with highs in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s.

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