The north part of the River Walk offers beautiful views of downtown Dayton.
The south part of River Walk offers shade, benches and views of the Dayton Art Institute.
Bird watching. People watching. Breath-taking skyline views. That’s River Walk in the heart of downtown Dayton. The nearly 1.25-mile loop follows the levee tops on the south side of the river from Main Street to the Monument Avenue Bridge, across the bridge to Riverview Avenue, then back over the Main Street Bridge. River Walk users can begin their loop at several different points. They also can enjoy Five Rivers MetroParks’ River Run whitewater paddling feature from both river banks and from the Monument Avenue Bridge.
The south part of River Walk is a shady, bench-lined, crushed gravel path. Part of the walkway is cantilevered over the Great Miami River Bike Trail. Stairs and ramps connect North Wilkinson Street, River Walk on top of the levee, RiversEdge Amphitheater and the Great Miami River Recreation Trail.
The north part of River Walk features a sunny path along the top of the right bank (north) levee and includes two swings. Views of the downtown skyline are impressive from this part of the walk, as is the view north into the McPherson Town Historic District. Stairs and ramps connect Riverview Avenue, River Walk on top of the levee and the Great Miami River Bike Trail.
The River Walk features enough lighting to illuminate an evening walk.