Clifton Gorge

Xenia, Ohio

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Visitors have been hiking Clifton Gorge for two centuries. No wonder, as the Little Miami River ?ows in rapids and pools below sheer canyon walls. Footpaths travel both below and above the gorge rim. Your trek will take you along the river, past giant boulders in rich woods. Bridge the Little Miami River, a national scenic river, and continue downstream in an amazing environment that is deservedly designated a National Natural Landmark. Cross back over the Little Miami near John Bryan State Park, eventually gaining the rim of the gorge, which o?ers a di?erent perspective on your return trip. Try to visit during o? times, as the state nature preserve can be crowded on fair-weather weekends.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Visitors have been hiking Clifton Gorge for two centuries. No wonder, as the Little Miami River ?ows in rapids and pools below sheer canyon walls.

Footpaths travel both below and above the gorge rim. Your trek will take you along the river, past giant boulders in rich woods. Bridge the Little Miami River, a national scenic river, and continue downstream in an amazing environment that is deservedly designated a National Natural Landmark. Cross back over the Little Miami near John Bryan State Park, eventually gaining the rim of the gorge, which o?ers a di?erent perspective on your return trip. Try to visit during o? times, as the state nature preserve can be crowded on fair-weather weekends.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Xenia
Distance: 4.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Rd., Building C-3, Columbus, OH 43229-6693; (614) 265-6453; www.dnr.state.oh.us
Local Maps: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve; USGS Clifton
Driving Directions: Directions to Clifton Gorge

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