Hiking in Western Ohio

A view of a creek through the trees

We’re always looking for new hikes in the state. Last weekend, Natalie decided to do a little adventuring and hiking in Western Ohio. Her boyfriend attends college at Wright State and they wanted to explore some trails together.

Trails for Hiking in Western Ohio

If you haven’t already, you can check out the adventures we had in Yellow Springs. This summer, Natalie and I hiked Glen Helen Nature Preserve. I chose the trail because it took us right by the iron rich falls which give Yellow Springs its name.

A white water creek travels through large rocks. Two trees in the foreground frame the scene.
This view through the trees was taken at John Bryan State Park on the North Rim Trail.

Indian Mound Reserve

Looking for a change, they headed to Indian Mound Reserve near Cedarville. The park has a short hike, less than a half a mile, on the Falls Trail to a beautiful waterfall. Cedar Cliff Falls, created during the areas grist mill days, is an 18 foot waterfall. You can take a look at the falls on the park website.

In addition to the falls, the park features a cabin remaining from the 1800s and a mound built by prehistoric cultures. All together the park includes eight miles of hiking trails all managed by Green County Parks & Trails.

A long wooden bridge crosses a creek through the woods.
This bridge crosses the creek on the North Rim Trail.

Instead of taking the falls route, Natalie and boyfriend chose the Pollock Works Loop. It was a moderate 1.2 mile hike made more difficult because of ice and freezing conditions. While the scenery was somewhat monochromatic on their February hike, it isn’t hard to imagine these woods come to life when the leaves are on the trees.

John Bryan State Park

Wanting more outdoor adventures, the pair next headed to John Bryan State Park. It isn’t difficult to find outdoor adventures in the area. There are several parks and places to hike. In fact, the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve is right next door to John Bryan.

They took the North Rim Trail through the park. The intermediate trail runs for approximately two miles. It offers beautiful views of the gorge.

A large creek cuts through the woods.
This view of the creek was taken from the bridge.

If you plan to visit, John Bryan offers more than hiking trails. Like most Ohio State Parks, this is a multi-use park. For your day trip, you can experience canoeing, disc golf, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing and more. Near the playground, the park features one of the new, and very popular, storybook trails. In the winter, visitors can choose cross-country skiing or sledding within the park. And for overnight guests, camping is available.

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