Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve

4.837 Votes
  • Address: 2381 OH-343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA, United States
  • Phone: +1-6142656453
  • Tags: Trail, Family And Kids, Nature

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve is spread across an area of 268 acres and protects one of the most striking limestone and dolomite gorges in the state. The Preserve has been registered as a National Natural Landmark and is a fabulous example of post-glacial and interglacial cutting. In a few sections of the gorge, the overhanging cliffs have broken off which has formed huge slump blocks that remain scattered along the floor of the valley. There are beautiful trails at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve which is also one of the most impressive sites for viewing the spring wildflowers which consists of the rare snow trillium.

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  • Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve Address: 2381 OH-343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA, United States
  • Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve Contact Number: +1-6142656453
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Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve Reviews & Ratings

  • Beautiful place to visit. But I don’t understand people when it says no pets it means no pets including your dog. I don’t want to watch where I step while I am on a trail meaning I don’t want to step in dog poop . This is why I gave it a 4 star. Apparently you don’t enforce it. I love dogs I have several of them but I don’t take them when their rules specified no pets.

  • Fun hike. Could use some better signage but you can't get too lost. Very nice picnic areas with very clean outhouses.

  • Absolutely stunning! Peaceful, serene and beautiful. Mother nature did an excellent job. We walked the trail for 2 miles and then went back. We stopped into the Nature Center as well. Definitely bring water because there isn't anywhere to get some. The nature center has bathrooms and is great for kids. It's free and there are a few reptiles and bees. There's lots to touch, see and explore.

  • A beautiful gorge with unique features. Trails are tough due to erosion caused by heavy rains. Lots of knobby rocks and roots. Worth the effort if you are up to it. Wear sturdy shoes.

  • Great trails, not difficult, but fun anyway. The views are wonderful! We started at the top of the gorge at the North end. The trail offers nice views of the gorge, including the narrows. After the narrows there is a trail that takes you down to water level. I recommend that. We followed that water level trail past a slump rock cave (which you are allowed to enter), and a refreshing waterfall. Past that, there are a couple of trails that take you back up to the top, where you can follow the rim trail. We stayed along the water past the first upward trail, then took the second one (about a half mile farther down the trail) up. It's across from a footbridge that crosses the water. We didn't cross over because the second footbridge that leads back across was closed.

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