Mad River Trail


Mad River Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Greene, Montgomery
Length: 7.1 miles
Trail end points: Great Miami River Trail just west of Webster St. and Marl Rd. and SR 444
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6121519
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Mad River Trail Description

Mad River Trail offers a paved, 7-mile route along its namesake river in northeastern Dayton and is part of one of the nation's largest network of paved, off-street trails.

Its western end begins near Webster Street in RiverScape MetroPark. Here, where the Mad River meets the Miami River, you can connect to the Great Miami River Trail, an 86-mile trail through western Ohio. At first, the Mad River Trail is relatively open, but, after crossing under Findlay Street Bridge, it becomes lined with trees.

Midway, the trail runs through Eastwood MetroPark, which offers a large lake for boating, picnic shelters, and a playground. Head south to Springfield Street to hop on Creekside Trail, which stretches 15 miles to Xenia.

On the east side of Eastwood Park, the trail parallels Springfield Street for much of the route along Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Be sure to visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, one of Dayton’s most highly rated attractions. More than 300 aircraft and missiles are on display, including many rare planes.

At the trail’s eastern end on Marl Road, you can connect to the Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway to reach Huffman MetroPark and the Wright Brothers Memorial.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and trail access are available at Webster Street at Corridor Drive and at the Springfield Street entrance of the Eastwood MetroPark.

Mad River Trail Reviews

Coming from Xenia, we connected to this trail easily from the Creekside Trail. We headed east so we could visit the National Air Force Museum. There is a crosswalk at the main entrance, but no bike lanes on the road into the museum. There were bike racks and lockers available. It is an easy ride all the way. Part of the trail is in the open and part is covered by a canopy. Part goes through a lovely park (Eastwood Park) and follows the Mad River until it flows into the Great Miami River. On the Western end it goes right along the river and takes you right to Riverscape Metro Park where it connects to the Great Miami River Trail.

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