BELOW IS INFORMATION ON THE THREE PARKS (SYCAMORE STATE PARK, TWIN CREEK METROPARK & POSSUM CREEK METROPARK) THAT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY OHC HAS ADOPTED AND THAT ARE IN OUR COUNTY.

 

forestry.comments@dnr.state.oh.us

 

 

 

 Use the above email address to report trail problems on ODNR trails.

 Provide the following: 

 - Name of park or forest

- Name of trail 

- Location of the problem (the more specific the better)

- Describe the problem (example: tree down across trail)

- Picture if you have it

- Date problem was discovered

- Your name and phone number in case the Land Manager needs to call you for more information

- If you think other riders need to know about the problem please forward the email to other OHC members such as the Regional Rep, County Chapter Officers, OHC FaceBook calendar@ohconline.com, OHC Trail Committee trails@ohconline.com , Regional Memtor.

 An ODNR person will review your email and forward it the appropriate Land Manager.  

 

SYCAMORE STATE PARK

A developer had acquired a large area of land just west of Dayton in the hope of developing a large housing project just to the west of Dayton. When this project failed the land was offered for sale. The stated bought nearly 3,000 acres of this former farmland for a park and Sycamore State Park was dedicated in November 1979.  It is often referred to as the best kept secret in OHIO.  After the dedication, the state started their construction of different types of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Members of the Montgomery County Ohio Horseman’s Council developed a relationship with the manager of this new Sycamore State Park and adopted it as their home park.  They helped in any way they could with the design, planning and construction of the bridle trails.  Before there was any trailhead or campground for the horse riders, they were permitted an occasional overnight camp on the farm grounds, off Lutheran Church Road, now known as the “Experimental Farm”.  Once the bridle trail, (Red Trail) consisting of 7.2 miles, was completed the state developed a trailhead off of Wolf Creek Pike, between Snyder Rd. and the cemetery to the west.

In the early 1990’s the state paved this parking area, to make it more accommodating for the hikers. This paving created a very hazardous condition for the horses and an unpleasant atmosphere for the hikers. The pavement was poor footing for the horses and this same paving caused the horses excrements to collect instead of draining away. All the club members agreed that the paving had created an environment that they didn’t care for. After much debate at our meetings the members participated in a letter writing campaign to the State Park Officials. It worked!  The state sent their construction crew and they developed the area we now use as the “day ride trailhead”.  As time progressed the state has improved this area little by little.

 

In the middle 1990’s we developed a working relationship with the park manager Alan McCabe. In 1994 he allowed us to cut a trail to connect with the snowmobile trail, which we were permitted to ride when there was no snow on the ground. This connecting trail (Blue Trail) is 1.5 miles long and the snowmobile trail (Green Trail) is an 8-mile loop.  This gives a rider the potential of riding 15 miles. Under Mr. McCabe’s management the existing 15 site campground was developed and he succeeded in getting water to both the campground and the day ride area.

 

When Alan McCabe retired, the State made Sycamore Park a satellite park under Hueston Woods State Park. In 2006 a new trail proposal was submitted to Lonnie Snow, Hueston Woods Park Manager. This proposal was approved in late 2007 and OHC members began cutting this trail in early January 2008. This new trail (Yellow Trail) is 1.5 miles long and it dissects the original trail and gives the potential for riding a figure “8”.  This essentially extends the ride, for those wanting a longer ride, or making for a shorter ride than originally set up with the 7.2 mile perimeter trail.  A rider could easily ride, doing a figure “8” routing, 14 miles without crossing Diamond Mill Rd. and heading out to the snow mobile trail.

 

In late 2008 Lonnie Snow again gave approval for the development of another short trail of about a mile long.  This new trail the Silver Trail will follow the DP&L power line and will connect the Yellow Trail to the Red Trail near Seybold Rd. The state needs to make a minor construction change before we can cut and mark this trail; it should be completed by late April 2009. Once completed this trail will form the potential for another loop or figure “8” and will give the rider a greater option for increasing the distance they ride.

On April 16,2009 the state was able to make the needed changes and on April 18,2009 club members cleared, marked and opened the Silver Trail.

With the continuing financial problems and cut backs in the state, Montgomery County OHC has assumed more and more responsibilities for the bridle trail maintenance. For several years members have done the bridle trail mowing and for hauling of gravel to improve the trail conditions.

The bridle trails are marked with white PVC piping bearing colored tape to resemble the trail designation red, blue, yellow, silver or green. All markers (except on the silver trail)are on your right going away from the camp/trailhead and on your left when returning.

The park is located in both the City of Trotwood and Perry Township, in NW Montgomery County.   The trailhead and campground are located on Wolfcreek Pike, just west of Trotwood between Snyder and Seybold Roads.

 http://www.stateparks.com/sycamore.html 

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Twin Creek MetroPark

 Five Rivers MetroParks

Montgomery County, Ohio

  

This wooded park is filled with more than 500 species of plants, 70 species of birds (many making their return in spring), lots of deer and other wildlife.  Bridle trails are well marked and excellently maintained by the MetroPark personnel.

The 11 mile bridle trail meanders along the Twin Creek, crossing it several times, making it an especially great place to ride in warmer weather when water on the trail is much needed.  The creek is said to be one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse waterways in Ohio.  Since the soil is a sandy mixture it drains well and dries fairly quickly after rain.  A section of the trail travels though a large managed grassland along SR 123, this area is exceptionally beautiful when the wildflowers are in full bloom.


The southern 267 acres of the park, on which the trailer parking lot is located, was originally Camp Hook, previously owned by the Boy Scouts.  It was an active summer camp from 1926 until 1991, and was purchased by the MetroParks in 1997.
 

The trailhead, along with a nicely graveled trailer parking area is, located at  8568 Morning Star Road (Franklin, OH 45005), just south of Chamberlain Road.    A map to this trailhead is available on MapQuest; it is best to access Chamberlain Rd from 123.   The alternative route would be to follow Eby Rd all the way to the south end of Morning Star Rd, by-passing Chamberlain Rd.  

        Warning:
  Do not take Eby Road to Chamberlain Road on your first visit !   The map makes this route look simple, but definitely use caution and BEWARE if you acess Chamberlain Rd from Eby Road -- coming down the hill there is a right turn onto Morning Star Road with a “drop-down” that will catch the undercarriage / plumbing of a trailer. 

 Although there are not any camping sites, there is a grill in place and picnic tables where you can enjoy dinner or a snack after a ride.  A port-a-potty is available year around.

Should you encounter a trail problem, please be sure to let us know; contact Cindy (the Montgomery County Chapter OHC, Twin Creek MetroPark Liaison) at 937-859-6009  / misstootoo@sbcglobal.net   or  the park office at Marketing.Department@Metroparks.org 

 

Horse Trailer Parking Lot Hours:

     Gate opened

            April 1 – October 31:   8:00 am – 10:00 pm

            November 1 – March 31: 8:00am – 8:00 pm

     Park is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day

        .  .  .  and possibly on winter days after a snow;

                  the parking lot will not be plowed, as plowing would  cause damage.

 
http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/TwinCreek/Home.aspx

 

 


Possum Creek MetroPark

Five Rivers MetroParks

Montgomery County, Ohio

 

The park consists largely of former farmland that is going through the process of natural succession.   The natural features include bottomland hardwood forests along Possum Creek, two mature beech woodlots, and numerous created ponds and wetlands.  Over 100 acres have been cleared and planted into native Ohio prairie.  The prairie took years to establish, but now thrives and it is currently one of the largest and most diverse planted prairies in Ohio.

 

The trailhead, with it’s solid gravel based horse trailer parking lot, is located at 5000 Frytown Road (Dayton, Ohio 45418), just east of Germantown Street  (S.R. 4).  A map to this trailhead is available on MapQuest.   For your added convenience, there is much appreciated potable water hydrant, and a port-a-potty at the trailhead.  The park does not have horse camping, but just off the parking lot is an area, the Argonne Campsite, with a grill and picnic tables.  This can be used if no camping (people) groups are using it.

 

The bridle trail is well marked and excellently maintained by the MetroPark personnel.  The trail is a 5 mile loop around the park perimeter, traversing the various terrains of the park.   The trail takes you across the prairie, by the farm, and along the Possum Creek.  You can always count on the creek for water, making it an excellent summer riding place. 

 

Riding in the northwest portion of the park, you will skirt the remains of Argonne Forest Park, a 400 acre amusement park dedicated to the WWI veterans.  After the demise of the park, most of the land was acquired by the park system in the late 60’s.     Although quite tempting, DO NOT DEVIATE from the bridle trail, this is a “ticketable” offense.   Tie your horse at the trailhead and walk back; it is worth it!   A low L-shaped wall, once part of the swimming pool, can still be seen and remains of three street cars are hidden on the forest floor.   A  large cement square, which was part of the dance floor, also remains.   The building that was once the veterans clubhouse (now privately owned and not a part of the park system property) still stands on the southeast corner of Germantown Pike and Frytown Road.   Behind it, some of the buildings that were part of the carnival midway remain.

 

Should you encounter a trail problem, please contact the park office  rbicknell@metroparks.org  or Karen (our Montgomery County Chapter OHC, Possum Creek Liaison) at  937/ 854-3984.

 

Park Hours:

     April 1 - Oct. 31, 8 am – 10 pm

     Nov. 1 - March 31, 8 am – 8 pm

            Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

            Farm Buildings are open 9 am – 4 pm everyday



 http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/PossumCreek/Home.aspx

 

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