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National Walking Day: WSU Students Share Their Favorite Warm-Weather Destinations

Wright State Walking Trails | Photo by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

As the weather continues to warm up, more people are making their way outside and exploring local parks. April 7 is National Walking Day, and there are several areas for Wright State University (WSU) students to explore and stretch their legs.  

Eastwood Metropark  

Cari Schneider is pursuing her nursing degree with a minor in psychology. Schneider enjoys getting outside with her boyfriend and their lively dog. Her favorite park in the Dayton area is Eastwood Metropark, located at 1385 Harshman Road. Not far from campus, this park boasts beautiful trails and a riverside view that makes for a memorable walk.  

“I go kayaking there and bring my dog and have picnics there. It is so beautiful and not overly busy on weekdays,” Schneider said.  

Walks around the neighborhood 

Henry Kim is a current high school student at Beavercreek High School and taking college credit courses at WSU towards his future degree in psychology. Kim enjoys walking around in his neighborhood with his family. Rather than driving to a local park, he prefers the convenience of walking around near his home.  

“I like taking walks with my family around my neighborhood since I know everyone there and my neighborhood is on a hill so walking up and down makes for a good exercise,” Kim said.  

Ohio hikes 

Moriah Dildine is a current WSU student majoring in English with a TESOL concentration. Although she enjoys hiking in Ohio, her favorite places to hike are located in the Smoky Mountain National Park trails on the North Carolina side. While it is a six to seven-hour drive from the WSU Dayton campus, Dildine insists that students who can travel there in the future should give these trails a try.  

“I love the scenery and challenges. The people that I go hiking with make everything memorable too,” Dildine said.  

Narrows Reserve 

Kathleen Dang is a WSU alumnus, having graduated with her bachelor’s in psychology in the winter of 2019. She loves going on walks with her friends and her dog at the Narrows Reserve located at 2501-2575 Indian Ripple Rd. This beautiful hiking area is less than a 20-minute drive from WSU’s Dayton campus.  

“I like the Narrows Reserve because you can get pretty close to the river and it’s pretty in the springtime,” Dang said.  

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