Clifton Mill

Clifton Mill

Hiking along the Little Miami is a treat any time of year, but the best plan is to visit this area near the middle of April in order to take in the magnificant wildflower display. Descending the steps near the John Bryan State Park stone shelterhouse, one crosses the concrete bridge and walks along the south side of the Little Miami. Take time to enjoy each ravine with its gurgling water. The trail crosses a footbridge to the north side of the Little Miami where you can continue into the Clifton State Nature Preserve. Take note of the slump block cave and the trickle from the largest waterfall in the area. At the Bear’s Den gathering place the trail continues along the Clifton Gorge, featuring excellent views of the narrows. Meander around the historic Clifton Mill, noting the claim of 3.5 million lights during the Christmas season. The return trip follows the Cincinnati-to-Pittsburgh stage coach road along the north side of the river. Before beginning a hike, consider exploring some of the shops in Yellow Springs and eating a wholesome lunch at The Winds. After a hike, stop at the Young’s Jersey Dairy for some refreshing ice cream treats. Great hiking awaits and rewards!

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