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John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
John Bryan State Park, part of the Buck Creek/John Bryan State Park Region, is a 752acre Ohio state park in Greene County, Ohio. The park surrounds Clifton Gorge, a deep cut of the Little Miami River between Yellow Springs and Clifton. The park contains a campground, and hiking and biking trails. The park also abuts the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.BackgroundThe Cincinnati-Pittsburgh stagecoach road served the area and several enterprising settlers began establishing water-powered industries in the gorge. The town of Clifton prospered from the textile mill, grist mills and sawmills located there.By the late 19th century, most of the industrial activity in the area ceased. Water was no longer an economical source of power and many mills were abandoned. However, one of the grist mills built in 1802 is still in operation. Located in the village of Clifton, the Clifton Mill is open to visitors.In 1896, John Bryan, an ambitious businessman, purchased 335acre along the Clifton gorge area and called these acres "Riverside Farm." This portion of the Little Miami River was a vital, economical source of power for the early settlers in the 19th century. In 1918, he bequeathed Riverside Farm to the state of Ohio, " be cultivated by the state as a forestry, botanic and wildlife reserve park and experiment station," which would bear his name. In May 1925, John Bryan's land became one of the state's first forest parks. In 1949, John Bryan State Park was transferred to the newly created ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation. John Bryan State Park and the adjoining Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve overlook the beautiful Little Miami River gorge that has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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  • My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful hike at John Bryan State Park. Started at the Clifton Gorge Jackson Street Trail Head and made a seamless transition into John Bryan. It was a peaceful hike and the s...  read more »
  • My husband and I visited this park on a weekend visit to Dayton. I had fond memories of this area from 30 years previous growing up in the area during grade school and was not disappointed. It is a be...  read more »
  • I have walked in John Bryan for over 40 years. Not only does it have many wonderful walking paths, it also has places to picnic and camp. I still love visiting at least once a season. 
  • Had a great experience! Make no mistake, this is a primitive campground. No potable water, no showers, only vault toilets. If you like to rough it and disconnect a little. Great trails to the little miami and a mile from Yellow Springs! Excellent camp office staff!
  • We camped and it was ok. The bathrooms at the campsite were awful. Which is really the only thing to manage at a primitive campsite, so that was no good. Reserving a spot was nearly impossible to do in under 30 minutes. You have to call during limited business hours and wait through an automated menu. Even then, I still didn't get an answer. Ended up going to the site and got lucky the office was open, and even luckier they had sites open as their was no way to tell before hand.
  • Beautiful park and really enjoyed being with my son taking pics. Absolutely great place to take pics. Lots of fun and pics was so great we used multiple ones for his senior pics. Last place we will be taking pics till Friday he graduates and I could not be more blessed.
  • Excellent walk in the woods. Well maintained trails with plenty of parking and access points. Two riverside walks, one rim trail. Dogs allowed. Very popular spot and can get quite crowded during the evening's/weekends. Backs into the Clifton Gorge (pets not allowed).
  • The park is great. The disc golf is good. The signage for the trails could be improved and the maps for the trails need to be updated because they are difficult to read.
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