Top Five Destinations in Dayton for Outdoor Fall Photos – Dayton Parent Magazine

The changing of the seasons means it’s time to refresh your family photos. If you are scouting locations and searching for the perfect fall backdrop, look no further than your favorite Five Rivers MetroParks location. With more than 25 facilities, MetroParks offers photo-worthy autumn views and destinations your kids will be thrilled to visit.

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark: Color is never out of season at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Stop by the lush formal gardens for the perfect family picture, and then hike the Marie Aull Trail to see fall color on full display. Be sure to snap a few candid photos of your children enjoying nature-themed interactives in the Children’s Discovery Garden.

Carriage Hill MetroPark: The rich history and rustic elements of Carriage Hill MetroPark make for the perfect photo op. Rosy cheeks and matching sweaters look adorable against the historical barn and farm fields. For a family picture soaked in warm fall colors, head to Cedar Lake or hike the Yellow Trail and view some of Carriage Hill MetroPark’s best natural features. Stop by the Riding Center at Carriage Hill MetroPark to capture your kiddo’s first pony ride.

Cox Arboretum MetroPark: Fall flora and fauna are around every corner of Cox Arboretum MetroPark. Specialty gardens and nature trails provide picturesque photo backdrops. Adventure into the Ruth Cummings Mead Woodland for classic autumn views thanks to the 100-acre tract of mature trees. Challenge your kids to a race through the Bell Children’s Maze for unforgettable fall photos.

Hills & Dales MetroPark: Unique structures, beautiful monuments and towering autumn trees make Hills & Dales MetroPark a must for those who want to capture seasonal family memories. The Adirondack-style shelter that overlooks Dogwood Pond is a picture-perfect location, as is the impressive Patterson Monument nestled along the Adirondack Trail. Pack a lunch and enjoy a fall picnic at one of the beautiful camp shelters, and then explore the nature-based play areas with your kids.

RiverScape MetroPark and Deeds Point: The seasonal bustle and beauty of downtown Dayton inspires frame-worthy family photos. Beautiful urban landscaping at RiverScape and Deeds Point MetroParks feature green spaces, fall foliage and native trees that boast breathtaking color. Make a day out of your downtown photoshoot and grab lunch at the 2nd Street Market before hitting the Great Miami River Trail for a family cycling session.

Visit to learn more about all the Five Rivers MetroParks locations. Hiring a professional photographer? It’s easy for your photographer to get the required permit on MetroParks’ website.

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