Clifton Ramble

Yellow Springs, Ohio

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Enjoy this terrific low-traffic, high-scenery ride. The route journeys through John Bryan State Park, passes Grinnell Mill, travels out to Cedarville and a little beyond, and then meanders back. All this is in gorgeous big-farm country with lots of farm critters, beautiful farmhouses and barns, and few cars. Imagine a river’s rush of water 40 feet down, walled in by limestone cliffs adorned with graceful ferns, hemlock trees, and other foliage. That’s Clifton Gorge. It encompasses 2 miles of the Little Miami State Scenic River, and National Geographic called it one of the nation’s fifty most beautiful places. The river enters the area at Clifton and drops 130 feet through layers of bedrock, creating quite a surge. Take time to follow the short path right behind the parking lot, which leads to an amazing overlook of the gorge.

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"Enjoy this terrific low-traffic, high-scenery ride. The route journeys through John Bryan State Park, passes Grinnell Mill, travels out to Cedarville and a little beyond, and then meanders back. All this is in gorgeous big-farm country with lots of farm critters, beautiful farmhouses and barns, and few cars.

Imagine a river’s rush of water 40 feet down, walled in by limestone cliffs adorned with graceful ferns, hemlock trees, and other foliage. That’s Clifton Gorge. It encompasses 2 miles of the Little Miami State Scenic River, and National Geographic called it one of the nation’s fifty most beautiful places. The river enters the area at Clifton and drops 130 feet through layers of bedrock, creating quite a surge. Take time to follow the short path right behind the parking lot, which leads to an amazing overlook of the gorge."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Yellow Springs
Distance: 31.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: DeLorme: Ohio Atlas & Gazatteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Clifton Ramble

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May 2018