Things to Do in the Miami Valley

Things to Do in the Miami Valley
The Miami Valley refers to a region in southwestern Ohio that contains the Great Miami, Little Miami, Mad and Stillwater rivers. Metropolitan areas in the Miami River include the cities of Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown, Troy, Springfield and others. Outdoor activities abound in the Miami Valley, and many center around the region's more than-35,000 acres of protected green space. Popular recreational activities include biking, hiking and canoeing.

Bike Paths

There are more than 150 miles of connected bikeways in the Miami Valley. These bikeways link together most of the cities within the valley, with major hubs in the cities of Dayton and Xenia.


The Five Rivers MetroParks is an urban park system managed by the city of Dayton. The 19 parks in the system offer recreational opportunities such as hiking, walking, canoeing, mountain biking and fishing.

Rock Climbing

Southwestern Ohio and rock climbing may not seem to go together, but opportunities for rock climbing actually do exist in the Miami Valley. The most popular outdoor destination for rock climbers in the area is John Bryan State Park. There are six designated routes for rock climbers in the park, as well as one rappelling site. Bouldering is not allowed in the park.


Given the number of rivers in the area, it should come as no surprise that water-based activities abound in the region. Popular river activities include canoeing, kayaking and raft trips. There are a number of outfitters in the region that offer equipment rentals for hourly and daily rates. Rental rates start around $20 and depend on equipment rented and rental period. A few options include:

Bellbrook Canoe Rental
(937) 848-4812

Little Miami Canoe Rental
(513) 899-3616

Rivers Edge Canoe Livery and Outfitters
(937) 862-4540


Geocaching refers to a treasure hunt-type activity that uses GPS receivers to locate and hide containers called caches that often contain small trinkets or other objects. There are more than geocaches hidden with the region's MetroPark system. There are also other geocaches hidden throughout the Miami Valley region..

Article Written By Susan Berg

Based in northern Wisconsin, Susan Berg has more than 10 years of experience as a writer and editor. Her work has been published in both print and online media, including the "Dayton Daily News" and BioZine. Berg earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.

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