John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs

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John Bryan State Park 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, "...to 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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  • We love to head out to John Bryan....there are two completely different experiences hiking along the river and hiking on the bluff trail. It's a great place to take the dogs and we make at least 2 vis...  more »
  • We came upon this beautiful gem of a park near Clifton Mill. We are glad we hiked some of the trails. Spectacular views of the river and the gorge. Memorable.  more »
  • This is a great little park with lots of things for active folks. We grabbed some hot coffee and breakfast in a bag and enjoyed the off season beauty of a beautiful fall morning.  more »
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  • I come here every Saturday to hike with my dogs, climb and just to enjoy nature. Bring climbing gear if your feeling adventurous enough to repel from the cliffs high above. The water is a cool luscious green that comes from natural springs from the cliff sides. Bring some hiking boots cause it can get muddy fast. If you see a gray hound and a healer running throughout the park don't worry they don't bite they just want a pet and will be on their way.
  • Absolutely loved it. The natural landscape and clean woodsy air fills the soul. Went on the Annual Winter Hike. Guided hike with actors along the way telling their story of the land they once called home. Do not forget to venture up to Clifton Gorge as well.
  • Beautiful park. Not as many opportunities to move away from the trail due to vegetation reclamation which limits our kind of hiking. But a beautiful walk.
  • This is my first camping ever in US. I am invited some friends to this park on early November. This park camp grounds looks beautiful with greenery and 30 foot trees. the camp ground do have camp fire spot with Barbecue grill and table for seating,
  • I love it there. It is a beautiful park that I've been going to since a child. The wildlife is always abundant and the deer are always out and about.
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