Delaware Public Complex

Delaware Paved Track

Delaware Public Complex is located on Cherry Street just Northwest of Downtown Dayton. The complex has 7 public tennis courts, 4 ballfields, 1 full-sized basketball court, and two soccer fields. The ballfields are very well lit and can be turned on using tokens (purchased for $5.00 at the Fire Department). The ballfields are used by adult and children’s baseball/softball leagues, and the soccer fields are used by Rhea County Community Center for their Spring and Fall soccer programs. Delaware also has a 1 mile track that circulates the entire park, which is open to walking/running traffic, as well as bicycles, rollerblades, skates, skateboards, and pets on leashes. No motorized vehicles are allowed at any time on the track. The complex also has restroom facilities. 




                      The Dayton Walking Track at Point Park


The Walking Track at Point Park

The Dayton Walking Track is located on Washington Street directly behind the Dayton Welcome Center. The Dayton Walking Track has 1.9 miles of paved trail through the woods alongside Richland Creek. The first track is .33 miles, the second track is just under a mile, and the third track is .67 miles. Bicycles, rollerblades, skates, skateboards, pets, and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Dayton Walking Track at Point Park. The Walking Track also has a pavilion which can be reserved for events such as birthday parties and cookouts. To reserve the pavilion, call the City Hall at (423) 775-1817.  


Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness


Right at the base of Dayton Mountain is Pocket Wilderness, a nature trail and a Tennessee State Park. The park offers over 8 miles of lightly trafficked trails, and a beautiful waterfall. Pocket Wilderness is an excellent choice for a peaceful hike with friends and family.

Pocket Trail Head

Pets are also allowed on the trail if leashed. Your hike begins along the Richland Creek. Richland provided water and mining for the town of Dayton for many years. This area was once logged by Bowater Paper and then it was turned over to Pocket Wilderness to provide excellent trails. The first 1.5 miles is shared by Snow Falls & Laurel Falls; at this point turn left (NW) to Snow Falls.

Laurel Falls

You will hike 3/4 mile around a huge boulder and over three, 50 foot bridges crossing over Richland Creek. During the course of the next 2 miles, you will ascend over 500 feet by a series of switchbacks that lead to the upper rim of Buzzard Point. Once you are on top, you follow an old log south to Buzzard Point for incredible views! Backtrack to connect to the Snow Falls trail that crosses this log road you’re on. You will descend to creek level where you will have to wade or cross depending on the water level. Once you are across the creek, follow White Blaze. Backtrack to upper rim for the Dunn Overlook for more great views.