I’ve mentioned before that Darke County is really lacking when it comes to recreational opportunities, and I KNOW that Englewood isn’t in Darke County, but I think Englewood Metropark along the Stillwater River deserves a special mention because it’s close enough to be fairly easily accessible by car. (Shhh, just don’t tell the taxpayers over in Montgomery County that we’re using their park!)
I’ve been feeling a need to get off the pavement more lately and opportunities for that are very limited around home, so I took a drive down to Englewood today to check out the trails at the Metropark. I was VERY pleasantly surprised not only at the quality of the trails, but the other opportunities at the park. I can easily see this becoming a “favorite place” for the family and I.
I won’t get into all that is available at this park, you can check out their website for that, but I will mention there are about 8.5 miles of dirt trail through some pretty terrain. There isn’t anything very challenging, but there are enough ups and downs to keep it interesting. You’ll find boardwalks, little bridges, rocks and roots, smooth dirt, crushed rock, and even mud at times. There are a couple small waterfalls to visit and relax by also. Here’s a link to the trail map.
Bridle trails, picnic shelters, canoeing, bike trails and disc golf are a few of the other available activities at Englewood Metropark. All in all, from what I’ve seen so far, it’s a nice place. Go check it out. Here’s a run that I did, starting on the bike trail on the West side of the park: