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Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:43 AM
— Spring is here, and we’re itching to hit the trails.
There are plenty of Dayton parks to venture into any time of the year. Springtime, however, is a special time for our MetroParks.
“Spring is a great time to experience nature in your favorite MetroPark, as everything is starting to wake up after a long winter,” said Laura Stevens, MetroParks interpretation coordinator. “Each MetroPark offers something special during the spring, from budding trees to beautiful blooms. There’s something for all ages to experience and enjoy.”
According to the experts, these are the Dayton-area hikes that you don’t want to miss as we dive into spring.
1. Aullwood Garden MetroPark, 955 Aullwood Rd., Dayton
The 31-acre estate “hosts floral displays that reflect a natural look and harmonize with the surrounding woodland,” said Kimberly Ballweg, Five Rivers MetroParks horticulture technician. The grounds of Aullwood overflow with dozens of spring blooms. Click here for park map.
2. Taylorsville MetroPark, 2000 U.S. 40, Vandalia
Wildflowers accompany hikers along the entirety of the Taylorsville bike path route, going north from the Tadmor parking lot. Stevens said the trilliums, a genus of perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions, is what makes the trail a must in the spring. Click here for park map.
3. Germantown MetroPark’s Silver Trail, 7101 Conservancy Road, Germantown
The popular trilliums in Taylorsville also take over parts of the Germantown MetroPark silver trail. Click here for park map.
4. Germantown MetroPark’s Bob Seibenthaler Natural Area, 7101 Conservancy Rd., Germantown
As soon as those first days of spring consistently show up, the trees in the Bob Seibenthaler Natural Area begin to wildly bloom. Click here for park map.
5. Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton
The beautifully-paved loop paths of Cox Arboretum have practically been waiting all year for spring to line its paths with spring blooms. There is also a separate wildflower garden, as well as a daffodil display. Click here for park map.
6. Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
One of Dayton’s most enchanted day trips, Wegerzyn Gardens is possibly in its prime come spring. Arches crawling with wildflowers hover over walking paths, giving way lengthy boardwalks looping the gardens. Click here for park map.