History of Eastwood Lake
Eastwood MetroPark has supported the city in many ways. Located along the Mad River and downstream from the Huffman Dam, the area was prone to floods. As part of the new Miami Conservancy District, the land was purchased to protect the region from future floods. Its protected status also coincides with the preservation of Dayton’s water supply. It served as a quiet place in the country for years. In the 1940s and with the growth of Wright Field, it supported the morale of military workers.
Eastwood Lake MetroPark Features
- Eastwood Lake: The lake is a mile long and covers 185 acres. It was created as a result of the American Aggregate Corporation quarrying the gravel. The lake is so large that in the 1970s, the lake held an inboard hydroplane racing event called the Dayton Hydrobowl.
- Buckeye & North Country Trails: The Buckeye Trail meanders around the state for 1,440 miles. The North Country Trail covers 4,600 miles and runs through seven states as well as Eastwood Lake MetroPark.
- Mad River Water Trails: A popular kayak trail, the Mad River runs from Bellefontaine, by Urbana and Springfield, and ends in Dayton.
- Mad River Run: Mad River Run is a 4.0-mile stretch from Harshman Road to the confluence with the Great Miami River
Eastwood Lake Art Prints
Fine art photography art prints can be a beautiful way to celebrate Eastwood MetroPark. These prints can capture the park's natural beauty, from its winding trails and lush forests to its sparkling lake and stunning sunsets. As Dayton grew, many would visit the park to get out of the city and explore the amenities and fresh air. For me, I’m a fan of arched bridges that allow visitors to enjoy the quiet corners of the park.