Just a couple miles north of RiverScape, in downtown Dayton, where the Stillwater River flows into the Great Miami, is an urban oasis with a long Dayton history. Island MetroPark has evolved over the decades from its beginning as an amusement park. It's definitely worth checking out Five Rivers MetroParks website (www.metroparks.org/about/history) to learn more about its history, as well as the role John Patterson (founder of NCR Cash Register Co), and the Dayton Canoe Club had in its transformation over the years.
The Great Miami River Trail passes through Island Park. The park is a good starting, way point or ending destination for families with inexperienced or younger riders. The red suspension bridge connecting Island and Triangle Park makes it possible to ride on paved trails without having to cross busy roads. Once across the bridge, follow the Stillwater River Trail to DeWeese Parkway in order to visit Wegerzyn Gardens or the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Cyclists looking for a longer ride can turn right after crossing the suspension bridge, continuing on the Great Miami River Trail. Taylorsville is about an 8 mile ride north. Cyclists interested in even longer routes can continue on to Tipp City, Troy or Piqua. Much of the ride is shaded or along the river.
How to get there-
Island Park entrance- 101 E. Helena, Dayton
Great Miami River Bikeway from downtown Dayton, or from the north
Stillwater River Trail from DeWeese Parkway or Triangle Park
Things to know
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