The Adventure Begins
Make the most of your time in Greater Springfield and find your unwind outdoors! The Greater Springfield area is home to a wealth of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and active families.

1. Markin Farms Zipline Adventure

Enjoy the beauty of our 90-acre farm with your choice of several zipline packages. We offer both Sunset & Twilight zips which offer beautiful sunsets and spectacular views of the night sky. Nothing compares to the sights & thrills of our canopy tour high above the trees.

2. Springfield Splash Zone

Springfield's Splash Zone Waterpark is family fun for everyone including: Over 400 feet of water slides, a 280-foot lazy river, water vortex, sprayground, 25-yard competition pool, 2 one-meter diving boards, zero-depth beach entry, and Ohio's first bowl slide!

3. Buck Creek State Park

The park's recreational facilities center on the 2,120-acre lake, offering endless water-related opportunities including boating, water skiing, fishing and swimming. The park also includes campsites, cottages, endless hiking trails and beautiful picnic spots.

4. Buck Creek Nature Park

Buck Creek Nature Park is located directly behind Carleton Davidson Stadium at 1101 Mitchell Blvd. The Park is adjacent to Buck Creek and includes wildflower gardens and multiple active play areas for children.

5. NTPRD Chiller

The coolest place for family fun in Springfield! Chiller's regulation ice surface offers public ice skating, skating and hockey classes, youth and college hockey and special events.

6. Eco Sports Corridor Whitewater Park

Thanks to the removal of low-head dams and some significant in-stream improvements, Springfield's Buck Creek is now whitewater country. The ECO Sports Corridor features four recreational whitewater kayaking areas including a large-scale “park & play” area in Snyder Park. Visitors from all over the Midwest have been drawn to Springfield to experience this unique downtown whitewater site.

7. Snyder Park

Located just blocks from downtown, Snyder Park was established in 1895 as a gift from local businessmen and philanthropists John and David Snyder. Designed by noted landscape architect Herman Haerlin, Snyder Park is known as Springfield's "Central Park".

The park includes whitewater features, biking & hiking trails, historic architectural structures and an all-inclusive playground.

8. Mad River Gorge + Nature Preserve

The recently opened Mad River Gorge + Nature Preserve offers some of the finest natural climbing cliffs in the Midwest ascending to nearly 50 feet! The Access Fund and Ohio Climbers Coalition partnered with the Clark County Park District to develop this exciting new natural area. The Gorge also offers scenic hiking trails and access to the Mad River.

9. George Rogers Clark Park

Take a step back in time to explore a Woodland Indian Village, tour the historic 1854 Hertzler House, fish in Hosterman Lake, hike nature trails or enjoy a family picnic at one of the four shelters in this 240-acre park located at 930 S. Tecumseh Road, in western Clark County. All ages can fish without a license or take a non-motorized boat out on the lake for a relaxing adventure. The park is home to the annual Fair at New Boston where you enjoy food, artisans, and historical re-enactments from the 18th century.

10. Miami Valley Trails

Springfield offers countless miles of picturesque biking and hiking trails. Ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail to nearby Young's Jersey Dairy to enjoy their world-famous ice cream, and then continue on to charming Yellow Springs for boutique shopping and dining. Or, leave from downtown on the Buck Creek Scenic Trail which takes you into Buck Creek State Park which features boating on its 2100-acre lake, swimming, camping, fishing, hiking, and 26 two-bedroom cottages.

11. Spangler Nature Preserve

Search for multiple species of birds and wildflowers found in the Leadingham Prairie, or wade into the Mad River to catch a crawdad at this 165-acre nature preserve located at 3656 Spangler Road adjacent to the Estel Wenrick Wetlands. Nearly 2 miles of trails lead through the prairie, a new parking lot on the south side is surrounded by recently planted wet woods, and a walking path leads to the river’s edge.

12. John Bryan State Park

John Bryan is the most scenic state park in western Ohio. The 752-acre park contains a remarkable limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River which is designated as a state and national scenic river. A portion of the gorge itself is designated as a national natural landmark.

13. Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Glen Helen is the legacy of alumnus Hugh Taylor Birch, who, in 1929, donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen. With this gift, the College accepted the responsibility of preserving the land in perpetuity. Additional gifts expanded the preserve, which now encompasses 1000 acres, all accessible from a 25-mile network of footpaths.

14. Clifton Gorge

This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Clifton Gorge encompasses a 2-mile stretch of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River, just east of John Bryan State Park.