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Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

Eastern Central Till + Lowlands, Ohio

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Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

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  • Amphitheater Falls.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Whitewater on the Little Miami River.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Spring growth.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Stairs from the trailhead to the Valley Floor.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Steamboat Rock.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Blue Hole.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Bridge view to John Bryan State Park.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Mossy Creeks.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • The Narrows.- Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • - Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
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Pros: 
Scenic river. Wildflowers. Waterfalls.
Cons: 
Slippery trails.
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Region:
Eastern Central Till + Lowlands, OH
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
60.00 ft (18.29 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
960.00 ft (292.61 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Encompassing just 268 acres of Greene County, Ohio, Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve includes some of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in Ohio. The park straddles a 2-mile stretch of the little Miami River, which is a geologically significant example of interglacial and post-glacial canyon cutting. A 2-mile loop trail can be created by combining the Rim and Gorge Trails. With the whitewater of the Little Miami River as a backdrop, the hike presents visitors with old-growth, fern laden forests, wildflowers, waterfalls, and mossy creeks. Interpretive signs along the well marked trail educate hikers about the creation of this scenic region.  

Additional mileage can be added by crossing the pedestrian bridge at the intersection of the Gorge and Rim trails, taking users into John Bryant State Park.

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