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."