Are you looking for a new lake to fish? A new trail to pedal? Or just want to try something new? The Great Miami Riverway offers dozens of fun, free places to explore this summer. From mountain biking trails to river surfing, there’s something for all skill levels and interests. Here are some of the best spots along the Riverway to explore this summer.
Fish at Lake Tawawa
With more than 220 wooded acres, Tawawa Park is home to the iconic William Ross Covered Bridge and two lakes for fishing. Lakes Tawawa and Amos are open for fishing and a free fishing permit is available from the Parks Office or the police department. Not into fishing? There are sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, new playgrounds, and wooded trails to enjoy.
Bike the scenic trails at Taylorsville MetroPark
The flat, 10-mile bike ride at Taylorsville MetroPark takes you through scenic trails lined with trees, overlooking the Great Miami River and past the Miami Conservancy District’s impressive Taylorsville Dam. Hop off the bike and hike through the trails and opt to stay the night at the reservable campgrounds.
Cool off at the Splashpad in Miamisburg
Kids love the Splashpad in Miamisburg! Fill up buckets, twist nozzles, and run under the sprinklers at Riverfront Park’s water playscape. The entire family can also enjoy a visit to the Aquatic Center, where there’s a water slide and pool.
Watch outdoor concerts at Riversedge
Riversedge at Marcum Park is home to concerts and events along the banks of the Great Miami River. The lineup for the amphitheater includes Spafford and Karina Rykman on August 6, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown on August 11, and more. Concerts run through September.
Kayak the Great Miami River
Grab a kayak and go for a 5-mile paddle on the Great Miami River at Miami Bend in West Carrollton and float through the peaceful waters. Keep your eyes out for eagles overhead, and take out at Case Landing in Miamisburg.
Tour the murals in Middletown
Love a good scavenger hunt? Check out the murals that are on buildings throughout the neighborhood. With more than 16 murals in Middletown, the one-mile loop trail takes you through the town where art was painted on the side of churches and historic buildings.
Have a playdate at Smith Park
Bring the whole family to enjoy a day at the park. There’s a skate park, a pond with a floating dock, trails, baseball fields, shelters, a playground, and more. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day in the sun at Smith Park.
Stay dry on a rainy day with aviation heritage
If you’re looking for a free indoor activity, there are plenty of things to do along the Great Miami Riverway, but visiting the National Museum of the United States Air Force should be top on your list.
Visit Ohio’s outdoor attractions
Franklin’s historic post office was built in 1802, the oldest building in Franklin and where President Thomas Jefferson appointed the first postmaster, William C. Schenck. For a nature-centric destination, take in the meticulous landscaping at The Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. It’s one of the nation’s five oldest rural garden cemeteries and a beautiful place to visit year ’round—but especially in the summer.