Hiking events

The approach of the fall season leaves opportunities for hiking

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Warmer days like Monday will be fewer and fewer as we head into September, and people will be swapping sandals and bathing suits for hoodies and hiking boots.

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are starting to drop, and fall fans are waiting for the leaves to change color. Parks around the Miami Valley are gearing up for the fall season, with the Centerville-Washington Park District opening a new trail at Bill Yeck Park last week. It’s also the perfect time to hike the area’s trails, refresh your spirit and get some exercise.

Jordan Hart, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks, said, “It’s so great to be able to get outside, explore what’s going on, take a peaceful walk in nature, see the leaves change. It’s a great time just to be outside and recharge.

Falling rocks and cliffs are just a few of the risks that come with hiking, one of the reasons it’s important to stay on the trail and be careful in the wild.

“We always check our phones these days, but I would say preview the map before you go. You can use your phone as a map, but look up and notice your surroundings so you don’t end up tripping, hitting a tree, falling down a hill – none of those injuries,” Kristen Marks, executive director of Centerville-Washington Park told District. “We want to prevent that, and it’s easy to do just by paying attention to it.”

One way to get involved outdoors is to join a program or activity in a park to acclimatize to the trails in the area.

“We have many programs where you can get out on the trails, so if you’re unfamiliar with our trails, it’s a great way to preview them and get more familiar, gain confidence, Marks said. . “Whether it’s hiking or walking the paved trails with a group, we offer plenty, 3-4 times a week.”

Both park districts offer programs during the fall. You can find more information on their websites, https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/ and https://www.cwpd.org/events/