Dayton adventure group to offer backpacking trips Five Rivers Outdoors, the adventure branch of the Dayton MetroParks, will offer several upcoming excursions. These look to be great ways to break into the tricky but rewarding world of backpacking. Groups will be limited to seven people, so you won't be lost in the crowd.

Red River Gorge Slade, Kentucky. Friday-Sunday, October 26-28 Backpack for two nights covering 13 miles in the Red River Gorge within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Hike through lush forests, past soaring arches and onto ledges with broad views of the valley below. "The Red," best known for its world-class rock climbing, will spoil you with its trails that meander through the rock cliffs. Required: Introduction to Backpacking class, pre-trip meeting October 11, some experience and good physical condition. Cost: $75 Link

Shawnee State Forest Portsmouth Friday-Sunday, October 19-21 Hike the "Little Smokies" in Shawnee State Forest, nestled against the Ohio River in some of the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer. Be amazed by the fall colors in the rolling hills of southern Ohio. Required: Introduction to Backpacking class, pre-trip meeting on October 10, some experience and good physical condition. Cost: $75 Link

Dayton adventure group to offer backpacking trips Five Rivers Outdoors, the adventure branch of the Dayton MetroParks, will offer several upcoming excursions. These look to be great ways to break into the tricky but rewarding world of backpacking. Groups will be limited to seven people, so you won't be lost in the crowd.

Red River Gorge Slade, Kentucky. Friday-Sunday, October 26-28 Backpack for two nights covering 13 miles in the Red River Gorge within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Hike through lush forests, past soaring arches and onto ledges with broad views of the valley below. "The Red," best known for its world-class rock climbing, will spoil you with its trails that meander through the rock cliffs. Required: Introduction to Backpacking class, pre-trip meeting October 11, some experience and good physical condition. Cost: $75 Link

Shawnee State Forest Portsmouth Friday-Sunday, October 19-21 Hike the "Little Smokies" in Shawnee State Forest, nestled against the Ohio River in some of the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer. Be amazed by the fall colors in the rolling hills of southern Ohio. Required: Introduction to Backpacking class, pre-trip meeting on October 10, some experience and good physical condition. Cost: $75 Link

Spoke Junkies ride

The local mountain biking group will ride Lake Hope State Park this Sunday at 12 p.m. For more info about the ride, click here. For my feature on riding Lake Hope, click here.