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Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve is a nature reserve immediately east of Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States. The land area was given to Antioch College by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen Birch Bartlet in 1929. The Glen stretches in land area for approximately 1000 acres (4 kmĀ²). It is managed by the Glen Helen Ecology Institute. The preserve was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965.The Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center (OEC) can be found in the northeast corner of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. The wooded glen was donated by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1929 to Antioch College, which later granted the Glen Helen Ecology Institute stewardship of "The Glen." The OEC hosts school and other organizational groups and has developed programs to develop their appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of environmental problems along with the ecological principles that influence them.
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  • Beautiful scenery, reasonable difficulty trails, needs trail markers- take a map with you. nature center was closed 
  • My wife and I explored a number of the trials at Glen Helen. Our hike was on a Friday, and we did not know the Welcome Center was only open on Saturday and Sunday. If you want to hike there during the...  read more »
  • So serene. Gorgeous in the fall. Love the pine Forrest. Enchanting and romantic. Couldn't be better for hiking. 
  • A nice trail leading to a serene waterfall falling from the rocks. Clean and clear water passing through the rocks with a chance to meet the natives likes Beavers and deer is a treat to anyone's eyes. The sounds of nature is music to the ears. Raptors' museum shows how much this institute is dedicated towards preserving the balance of wildlife. Rescued raptors filled the cages with a small biography of the caged birds.
  • Another beautiful spot in Yellow Springs. So much history and glorious scenery. Not to far from the famous ice cream shop of Young's Dairy. Definitely stop in for a stunning place.
  • The nature reserve is amazing! I haven't ever seen such a beautiful forrest! Great place for tripping :-)
  • It was a good hiking place. So many branching trails. Can easily enjoy getting lost in many of those trails. ;)
  • Great place for hiking and exploring with kids! We could spend all day walking the trails without seeing it all! We highly recommend it
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