The land where Taylorsville MetroPark now sits has a robust and storied history. It was once the site of the bustling town of Tadmor, one of the most important centers of transportation in early Ohio history. Historic remnants of the Miami-Erie Canal and once-thriving village of Tadmor mix with scenic forests to provide an interesting experience at Taylorsville MetroPark, located at 2000 State Route 40 in Vandalia. This spectacular and historical area offers a great place to catch glimpses of migratory songbirds winging their way back north, including Kentucky and Hooded Warblers. One of the best ways to see the area’s beautiful spring wildflowers is by taking a hike along one of the park’s 13 miles of trails, including portions of the Buckeye Trail, a 1444-mile long-distance trail that loops around the state of Ohio. This new sustainable trail design opens up beautiful vistas of the river and creates large areas of undisturbed habitat, allowing for ample wildlife viewing opportunities. Numerous species of animals and birds call Taylorsville MetroPark home. You might spot a white-tailed deer, wild turkey, or even a beaver in the nearby Great Miami River. Relax while fishing, canoeing, or kayaking the Great Miami River, enjoy a picnic, or fly a kite in the wide open green space throughout the park. In addition, fascinating rock formations with overhangs and small cavitations with calcite ribbons can be found. This Dayton Original is also home to the Taylorsville Dam, built in 1922.