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The Mad River Trail is a great way to get from downtown Dayton’s RiverScape to Eastwood MetroPark, the Creekside Trail, Huffman MetroPark and the Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Trail. The lion's share of the trail is relatively flat, offering an easy workout that even children will be able to handle—whether biking, skating or walking. At the very eastern end of the route three switchback take you up Huffman Dam for a spectacular view of the Mad River Valley!

Trail Description

The Mad River Trail begins at downtown Dayton's RiverScape MetroPark and runs along the Mad River, extends through Eastwood MetroPark and then reaches Huffman MetroPark in Greene County. RiverScape is the location of the Bike Hub, a downtown bike commuter facility featuring secured bike parking and shower facilities for member bike commuters. Eastwood MetroPark features the historic lagoon gardens and great open spaces. Eastwood Lake is available for boating, and the Mad River offers fishing and paddling. The Mad River Trail passes by the entrance drive for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Ohio's most visited tourist spot. And the trail is a great commute option, too; employee gates for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are accessible from the route between Eastwood and Huffman MetroParks. At the eastern end, the trail connects with the Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Trail, which continues east toward Wright State University and the City of Fairborn.

Photos From The Trail

Railroad underpass at Eastwood MetroPark at Springfield Street.

The Mad River is alongside the trail and in the background (left) there are old foundations for a railroad bridge across the river.

Findlay Street Bridge over Mad River

On the Findlay Street Bridge looking west with downtown Dayton in the background.

Keowee Street Bridge

Webster Street Bridge

Pedestrian bridge connecting Deeds Point and RiverScape

Riverside Bridge at RiverScape

Starting point for Mad River North Trail – Keowee Street to Webster Street.

Looking downstream from Keowee Street to the CXS Railroad Bridge


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