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The North and South River Walk in Dayton are beautiful levee-top walkways along the Great Miami River, between Main Street and the I-75 Bridge.

The South River Walk is a shady, bench-lined crushed gravel path about a third of a mile long. Part of the walkway is cantilevered over the Great Miami River Bikeway, and then follows the levee behind the First Baptist Church, YMCA and The Landing apartments.

The North River Walk, currently under renovation, features a sunny, quarter-mile path along the top of the levee. It soon will include a swing and an accessible ramp. Views of the downtown skyline are impressive from the North River Walk.

Both walkways include lighting for pleasant evening strolls.





More than 330 miles of connected, paved bikeways — built and managed by several organizations — exist in southwest Ohio.

Plan a trip and stay informed about the latest trail news.

MCD developed the first 8-mile loop in downtown Dayton in 1976 and today owns and/or maintains almost 34 miles of paved bikeways.

MCD maintains the following bikeways:

Montgomery County

  • Stillwater River Bikeway (1.5 miles) from Siebenthaler Avenue south through DeWeese and Triangle parks.
  • Great Miami River Bikeway (27.5 miles) on both sides of the Great Miami River from Helena Street south to Stewart Street and also from Stewart Street south on the river's left bank* to the Montgomery/Warren county line.

    On the right bank* from Stewart Street to the University of Dayton softball stadium and Courtyard Marriott parking lot at 2006 Edwin C Moses Blvd.

  • Mad River Bikeway (2.8 miles) from Eastwood MetroPark on the left bank* to the trail's end near RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton and 0.5 miles on the right bank* from Valley Street to Deeds Point MetroPark.

*The right and left banks are determined as if you are headed downstream.

Warren County

  • Crains Run Park to Baxter Drive at State Route 73 in Franklin (3.7 miles).

Butler County

  • Great Miami River Bikeway (3.6 miles) from Main-High Street south along the left (east) levee and riverbank to Joyce Park in Hamilton.

In today’s world, the opportunity to recreate in dedicated greenspace is incredibly important, and the benefits are endless.

  • Bikeway use improves health and fitness, reduces stress and improves self-esteem.
  • Bikeways provide safe and enjoyable fun for all ages.
  • Bikeways help us connect with nature and enhance our lives.
  • Bikeways preserve natural land and open spaces.
  • Bikeways enhance property values.
  • Bikeways provide opportunities to use alternate modes of transportation.
Before you hit the trails,
review the bikeway rules