One of the oldest garden cemeteries in the United States, Woodland Cemetery has long been a respected guardian of Dayton's history and culture. Located near the University of Dayton, the 200 acre cemetery has over 3,000 trees and hundreds of native Midwestern plants. Many of the trees are over a century old!! In addition, some of Dayton's most notable residents including the Wright brothers, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck and Charles Kettering are buried here. Whether coming to explore its history, bird watch, take in the art and architecture, or simply enjoy the rolling hills and spectacular views, Woodland Cemetery is a destination you will want to visit many times.
Cyclists looking for a challenge will find this an excellent starting or way point. Your legs will definitely get a great workout riding any of the winding routes to the summit. Fantastic views of the Dayton skyline await you upon reaching the top. If you choose to begin your ride here, a limited number of parking spaces are available just outside the entrance on Woodland Avenue and possibly on neighborhood streets. On the other hand, as a way point, you should be comfortable riding in traffic. Both entrances require riding through neighborhoods and on routes with pedestrians or cars. Although the paved roads inside the cemetery are quiet and cars are used to sharing the road with pedestrians and other vehicles including bikes, you will need to be vigilant as many of the roads are narrow. We're confident you'll find the additional effort worth it!
Things to know
Mobile app available for information and maps of the landmarks etc
No public restrooms available
Many excellent cafes and restaurants available nearby
Open daily during all seasons
Woodland Avenue entrance 8a.m. - 7p.m. (6p.m. Winter)
Waldo Street entrance 8a.m. - 6p.m. (5p.m. Winter)
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