Hiking events

Five Rivers MetroParks will host a free event

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Five Rivers MetroParks will host the Twin Valley Trail Challenge, a free, non-competitive hiking event, on June 4.

According to Five Rivers MetroParks, participants can choose their own adventure by hiking any distance from one to 28.7 miles following marked routes on the Twin Valley Trail. This event is free and the trail is suitable for all ages and skill levels.

“We encourage hikers to set a personal goal rather than competing with other hikers to complete the 28.7 miles, said Angie Sheldon, outdoor recreation coordinator and hiking expert for MetroParks. “Whatever your goal, we’ll be there to help with water and snack stations and shuttles in case hikers have reached their limit for the day and want to return without looping.”

Registration day will be open Saturday, June 4 from 5:30 a.m. to noon at the Twin Valley Visitor Center at Germantown Metropark at 6910 Boomershine Rd. Five Rivers MetroParks said those planning to hike the entire day must start no later than 7 a.m. They also said to bring a headlamp or flashlight for early morning or evening hiking.

Upon check-in, participants will receive a trail map and other helpful information, including route options. Attendees can also download the free MetroParks mobile app to access local maps and amenities.

“The TVT Challenge is an opportunity for people to challenge themselves, and it’s a great event for all ages and experience levels,” said Andy Niekamp, ​​founder of Dayton Hikers and an avid local hiker. You can participate alone, in a group or as a family.

The event is presented by local hiking and outdoor advocacy group Dayton Hikers. The first 30 participants who arrive with a Dayton Hikers shirt will have priority parking closest to the registration and start/finish area.

There will also be a post-challenge barbecue on Saturday and free camping will be available at Germantown MetroPark on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information on the Twin Valley Trail and the Twin Valley Trail Challenge, click here.