Hidden Gems: Russ Nature Reserve

Parks, playgrounds and spending time in the great outdoors are magical parts of childhood. A trip to the park is just good for the soul. Whether your family has a favorite playground, or prefers the excitement of finding a new space to explore, The Russ Nature Reserve is a must-visit local hidden gem.

Tucked away near the suburbs of Dayton, most don’t even know it’s there! And at first glance, you may not notice the camouflaged nature playscape. You won’t find metal slides or chain-link swings at this playground. There are no brightly colored monkey bars or jungle gyms.

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This play area, hidden amongst the trees, is made almost entirely of natural elements — and it is the perfect place to let your kiddos imaginations run free. They’ll find obstacle courses, climbing walls, tunnels and wooden playhouses to explore. Dig in the sand, build your own structure or scale the tangled rope webs.

Russ Nature Reserve is fun for kids and adults of all ages. Alongside the nature playscape, there are nearly four miles of walking trails. It’s the perfect place for taking a family walk or hiking a path on your own while the kiddos are at school! Or perhaps you’d like to visit the bee apiaries, where The Greene County Beekeepers Association invites you to visit and learn more about bees and honey, and to experience how honey is harvested.

2380 Kemp Rd., Dayton | gcparkstrails.com

 

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