Clifton Gorge

Yellow Springs, Ohio 45316

Clifton Gorge

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"Visitors have been hiking Clifton Gorge for two centuries. No wonder, as the Little Miami River flows 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 and 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 offers a different perspective on your return trip. Try to visit during off times, as the state nature preserve can be crowded on fair- weather weekends."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati (Menasha Ridge Press)
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"Everything in the 269 acres of the Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve is protected. Spring is best for bird-watchers and wildflower enthusiasts." Read more

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Trail Information

Yellow Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3-3.5 hours
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, 2381 SR 343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387; (614) 265-6453;
Local Contacts
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve; USGS Clifton.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018