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Eastwood MetroPark is a hub of outdoor recreation. With a variety of water-based recreational activities as well as land-based recreational and leisurely activities, the park offers visitors many opportunities to actively experience nature without leaving the city.
Rules & Regulations
There is handicap accessible parking areas and an accessible restroom adjacent to the last parking lot at the Main entrance. This location also features one accessible picnic shelter, the Mad River shelter, which is available for reservation.
Buckeye & North Country Trails
The Buckeye and North Country Trails pass through Eastwood MetroPark. This section of the Buckeye Trail is part of a 1,440-mile continuous loop that completely encircles Ohio. The North Country National Scenic Trail stretches across seven states and will be 4,600 miles long when completed. These trails link and make accessible historic and scenic features and provide long-distance hiking.
Mad River Trail
The Mad River Trail runs through Eastwood and connects downtown Dayton with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Air Force Museum, Huffman MetroPark and the Huffman Prairie Trail, and the Kauffman Avenue Bikeway which extends to Wright State University and Fairborn making Eastwood a great place to park and ride the nation’s largest paved trail network.
The Creekside Trail begins at Eastwood MetroPark, passing through both residential and commercial areas before meeting its intersection with the Iron Horse Trail near US 35 (which take users through Kettering to Delco Park). Here, Creekside heads due east along the highway, and eventually passes over the Montgomery County line into Greene County.
Mad River Water Trail
This free-flowing spring-fed river is known as a premier paddling spot for the region. The Mad River boasts Class 2 river features along with access to the some of the region’s best recreation spots. Many paddlers access the Mad River at Eastwood MetroPark and are able to travel 4 miles of uninterrupted flow to RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. The Mad River is a smallmouth bass stream south of Springfield to merger with Great Miami River in downtown Dayton. The Mad River was designated as a state water trail in August 2010.