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Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

2331 State Route 343, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 USA

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  • Independent
  • Wheelchair
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“amazing dolomite & limestone gorges”

One of the finest examples of post-glacial canyon cutting; scenic waterfalls and rapids on the headwaters of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River . This 269-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. Hike the trails and visit the nature center to explore this beautiful landscape. The preserve is adjacent to John Bryan State Park, which offers camping. Geologically, it is an outstanding example of interglacial and post-glacial canyon cutting. At one point, the river funnels through a deep, narrow channel, which was apparently formed by the enlarging and connecting of a series of potholes in the resistant Silurian dolomite bedrock. In other sections of the gorge, cliff overhangs have broken off forming massive slump blocks scattered along the valley floor.

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Reviewed by
Becca Joy

  • 21 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great hiking trails along the river.

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Reviewed by
Dave Doster

  • 133 Reviews
  • 102 Helpful
April 07, 2014

Wonderful trail along white water. If you love to hear the rushing sounds of rapids and falls, this place is for you.

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Anna Hider

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August 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

You can hike above the gorge or into the gorge. It looked like you could even swim in the river, but we stuck to the trails above the water. Unfortunately, it isn't dog friendly.

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Reviewed by
Christopher Warren

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  • 135 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 31, 2016
Rated 4.0

I spent Memorial Day climbing here with a few friends. The walls are about 25 feet tall. The rock was pretty muddy and slick, so I'd definitely recommend bringing a tarp. The climbing was fun though! Plus, the hike isn't too bad. If you're a climber in the area, I'd check it out.

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Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

2331 State Route 343
Yellow Springs, Ohio
45387 USA

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