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Run in tall prairie grasses! Carriage Hill Metro Park is a worth-it destination run in the Dayton area. Located a 20-minute drive north of Dayton, this 900-acre park is a former farm that now features several miles of trails that make for some fairly easy trail running. It’s a really nice mix of woods, wetlands, and prairie. Some of the trails are even on mowed grass! For a decent run, we recommend the Orange Trail, which is a 3.4 mile loop. TRAIL MAP
Special Feature: Try to run here in mid- to late summer, when the prairie whispers — deep-rooted, sun-loving flowers and grasses ranging in height up to 10 feet — are at their flowering peak.
- Several miles of trails. Best bet for running is the 3.4 mile loop on the Orange Trail
- Some hills
- Visitor Center
- Ample parking lot
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Besides running, it’s also a great birding park.