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