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The Stillwater River Bikeway winds through Dayton's northern suburbs, following the tree-lined eastern shore of its namesake waterway for much of the way. Two disconnected segments of trail are currently open.
The shorter Northern Segment begins in the north at Englewood MetroPark, which offers a swamp forest for exploration. Winding south from the park, the trail passes under US 40 and Interstate 70 before ending at Grossnickle Park.
The longer Central Segment's northern end begins in Harrison Township at Sinclair Park, a pleasant place to picnic and play outdoors in a natural, wooded setting. From the park, the trail heads east, crossing the river before turning south to enter Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. In addition to the formal gardens for which it is best known, the park offers forests and prairies to explore with plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities.
The trail continues south past the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, worth a side trip with its interactive science exhibits and educational programming, and ends in Island MetroPark. This urban park is a popular place for summer concerts and other community events, and offers a connection to the Great Miami River Trail, an 80-mile adventure. Both trails are part of Miami Valley Bikeways, one of the nation's largest networks of paved, off-street trails.
For the Central Segment, parking at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark (1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue) or at Island MetroPark (101 E. Helena Street) are both good options. You can also park along DeWeese Parkway next to the tennis courts.
To access the Northern Segment, park at Englewood MetroPark on National Road or at Grossnickle Park behind the Samaritan North Health Center on Heathcliff Road (both in Englewood).
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