Little Miami River Loop and Spur Trail

Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Little Miami River Loop and Spur Trail

Little Miami River Loop and Spur Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"When you hike along this portion of the Little Miami Scenic River, the strong forces of natural and human history make themselves known. Clifton Gorge is best known for its rushing waters through a striking narrow gorge that was cut by glacial meltwaters. The Till Plains ecoregion, in which A.W. Marion State Park lies, is named after the thick layer of debris (till) left behind by retreating glaciers.The flat, well-drained soil of this region is perfect for agriculture. Indeed, 84 percent of the native forests and wetlands in this ecoregion were converted to farmland.

A.W. Marion State Park is an oasis of water and trees in this broad, flat landscape. A small but noticeable ridge that used to be called the Devil’s Backbone rises along the east side of the lake. Hargus Lake was created when an earthen dam was
built on Hargus Creek, beginning in 1948. This 145-acre body of water is a popular spot for fishing."

Little Miami River Loop and Spur Trail Trip Reports

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10/25/2009
I've hiked this trail a few times now and have also camped here once this year. Great place, definitely during the fall. Dog friendly and majority of the hike is in the woods. A few up climbs one way, if you come the other obviously down hills...would recommend to anyone. Place to have a picnic after the hike, fishing also allowed. During season you can rent canoes/boats. Plan to be back to this trail over and over again.
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Trail Information

Yellow Springs
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.1
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
About 2 to 5 hours
Duration
Mid-Apr through mid-Oct and after a winter snowfall
Season
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Yellow Springs
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