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The Mad River Trail offers a paved route connecting a handful of parks along its namesake river in northeastern Dayton. The scenic pathway is also 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 travels through relatively open landscapes, 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 are available at Webster Street at Corridor Drive and at the Springfield Street entrance of the Eastwood MetroPark.
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