***ATTENTION*** Miami Township is NOT accepting any park reservations for the month of May. Any reservations made for any date after May 31st is subject to cancellation dependent upon the governor’s orders with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 937-433-9969 or email us at contact@miamitownship.com Thank you.
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Crains Run Nature Park


  1. Parking
  2. Picnic Shelters
  3. Picnic Tables
  4. Restrooms
  5. Trails
  6. Water
Located at the very southern end of the township, this 34 acre park borders the Great Miami River. The Route 25/Great Miami Recreation Trail’s southernmost section runs through the park as it follows the banks of the river. Two thirds of the park is heavily wooded with hiking trails winding throughout the woods while the remainder of the park is green space. One shelter house with picnic table seating for 40 people, overlooks the park’s four acre pond. Fishing is permitted. A second shelter is also available for reservations. This shelter provides a scenic view of the river, seating for 70 people and running water.

In keeping with the nature theme of this park, there is no electricity or permanent restrooms available at Crains Run. A portable restroom is located at the south end of the park. There is a quarter mile walk from the north shelter to the restroom. Two paved parking lots provide 50 parking spaces. Adjoining the park property, just across the road at the south end of the park, is a restored canal lock that was built in 1829 as part of the Miami-Erie Canal system. Known as Sunfish Lock, it was restored by Miami Township in 1990.

For further information about the Great Miami Recreation Trail please visit the Miami Conservancy’s website.


  1. Crains Run - North Shelter

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  2. Crains Run - South Shelter

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