Glen Helen Loop Trail

Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Glen Helen Loop Trail

Glen Helen Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Glen Helen is Antioch College’s very own land laboratory. Like nearby Clifton Gorge, the glen was created by glacial meltwaters 10,000 years ago. When you hike along this portion of the Little Miami Scenic River, the strong forces of natural and human history make themselves known. Begin the hike downstream from Clifton Gorge. As you walk upstream, notice the way the water has carved out layers of rock. The uppermost layer of rock in the gorge is Cedarville dolomite, which is resistant to weathering.

Below that are two thin layers of other dolomites and then
a thick layer of massie shale.This shale weathers easily, and eventually its undercutting leads to “slump blocks,” where the upper layers of rock have tumbled down into the gorge, sometimes into the middle of the river."

Glen Helen Loop Trail Reviews

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7/23/2018
Good short hike. A few nice things to see. Not bad for the area, fairly close to home
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8/22/2010
My daughter and I did a short version of the trial and cut it in half. We started on the north rim and enjoyed the views, however, it got kind of boring so we blazed our own trail and found our way down to the lower trail that followed the river. Some of the river views were nice, but nothing special. we crossed the river on one of the foot bridges and then the trail got better. There were numerous little water falls and streams that we walked over/through and there were many chances for us to go down and get into the river if we wanted. All in all, it was an outstanding hike for southwest Ohio.
Goods: Small Cliffs, numerous streams, nice river, good foot bridges.
Minus: Nothing too major to complain about. I would go on it again with my daughter, but not again by myself or with other hikers, it had a park trail feel to it and not a back country hike feel (which I prefer).

As for my rating here is my logical thinking: 1 star - horrible, never again. 2 stars, not great, not good, not again. 3 starts, good enough, would do again but would not go out of my way. 4 stars, Great Hike, will do again or want to do again and would go out of my way to do again. 5 stars: WTF - Am I in heaven? (have not yet had a 5 star)
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11/7/2009
Good trail, but I have to say that my Ped and GPS say that it is shorter than 9.5 miles. It has great elevation change and awesome climbing while on the trail. Smooth straight aways and not too busy if you go in the morning. I completed the trail with a 35lbs back pack in 2 hrs and 6 minutes both times. Cell phone gets spotty signal at best, but there are alot of places to stop and rest if needed.
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10/25/2009
Planned the trip to John Bryan hoping to enjoy a brisk walk while enjoying the changing leaves. The leaves were changing, but the walk was anything but brisk. The trail was crowed with toddlers, dogs and smokers – all which have a right to be there, but tend to impede a quick pace. At some points we had to walk sideways for over 15 feet in order to pass groups going the opposite direction. The paths did clear out about mid section on all four trails. We took some pretty good photos that we will post. The scenery was lovely, but our choice of a warm day in late October (Sunday, even!) was poor. We will save John Bryan for early morning weekdays from now on.
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4/20/2008
There are a couple of unmarked trails off of the pittsburg/cincinnati stage coach trail that lead up to a waterfall and underneath the rock formations. There is almost no traffic here because like I said they are small unmarked trails.
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4/1/2008
This can be a great hike, but it can be crowded. I have never seen trash along the trails I have done. Start at the parking lot in Clifton and go all the way to the Glen Helen visitor's center for a nice 10 mile workout.
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9/10/2007
My girlfriend and I thought this trail would make a good day-hike, as it is close to our house and about 9 miles long. We found it to be overcrowded and not particularly scenic. The trail was littered with garbage. Also, there are countless side trails and no color-code scheme, so following the main trail is sometimes difficult, though getting lost is hardly a concern as the whole area is interlaced by roads, campgrounds, and houses. We did not feel it was worth the trip and there are several better day-hike options in the Southern Ohio area, such as the Shawnee day-hike trail, Tar Hollow, or Hocking Hills, to name a few.
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7/9/2005
The hike itself was great: the Little Miami river is beautiful up so close to its headwaters and the gorge views in the Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve (spur trail) is awesome. The trail head was a little difficult to find because the entrance to the campgrounds, where the trailhead is located, is different then described in the hike info we had. This hike is one of our keepers!!!
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7/5/2005
Water was very muddy, but the trail was well worn and moderately easy to walk. No pets are allowed on the Clifton Preserve part of the trail, only on the John Bryan Park portion.
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2/25/2005
Nice stroll along the river. The climb back up is a bit difficult for those of us with questionale knees. Took me about 3.5 hrs and I'm a very slow hiker. I thought it would be empty on a Friday in February, but not so.
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Trail Information

Yellow Springs
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
About 2 hours
Duration
Apr through Oct and after a winter snowfall
Season
Glen Helen Nature Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS: Yellow Springs
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018