Hello! I’m back.
Today is the first day of school for the kids and I am officially off summer break and back on writing and hiking for a living. This fall I will be hiking a lot and am looking forward to telling you all about the trails. My friend Katie over at FamilyFriendlyCincinnati.com is having a contest for a copy of my book. We are meeting later this week so the copies will even be signed by yours truly which I hear makes them far more valuable. (The crowd goes wild.)
I’m debating on which direction I want to go hiking this coming weekend. I’m thinking north so I can do some great hikes while there isn’t snow and slush on the ground. I know! I am thinking about snow already!
If you have a chance to get outside, I highly recommend hiking the Twin Valley backpacking trail between Germantown and Twin Valley Metro Parks on the south side of Dayton. It will take you the better part of a day to get it done. Here is a link to the article I wrote for Backpacker about the trail and with a elevation and trail map.
If you need something shorter, try Sugarcreek MetroPark or Cox Arboretum which have several loop trails for shorter hikes. Need a paved trail? Both have short looped trails that are paved.
All the best,
P.S. I am looking for new trails so if your park has changed or added trails in the last five years please contact me! Thanks!