John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs

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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, "...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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  • My only regret is that I didn't have more time to explore. The Orten Trail is quite rocky with interesting cave formations and a river running through it. There are many trails to take and picnic grou...  more »
  • We spent two nights in the park. There are only a handful of electric sites which are walk in only (no reseevations). We camped in our class c rv just fine. There are no showers or modern bathrooms. T...  more »
  • Beautiful park. Well kept. Enjoyed the trails and hiking and biking. Camping spot for travel trailer level and sites are large. Only a few sites with electric. Need more!! No modern bathrooms or showe...  more »
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  • This place was beautiful. The trails are well maintained. The people working in the camp office were some of the nicest and most accommodating people I've ever met. We had such a good time as a family. We took our 3 year old and was a great place for her. We will be back!
  • The park is very clean. The $5 parking fee was worth the upkeep of the stairs and path. I was surprised that when the park was closed, there was no Forest Ranger to assist people who may have been lost. However, their was security near the entrance to be sure you were out of the parking lot by closing. I guess bread crumbs are my best suggestion for getting back to your paid parking. Otherwise, the park is rich in history and very scenic for fantastic landscape photos
  • What a beautiful trail to walk. We loved how that even though the trail had some major elevation changes, the climb and descents were gradual. This really helped us considering we're not in the best shape for hiking. The campsites were very nice as well. We'll definitely be coming back.
  • This place is exactly why my family needs. We are transplants from Idaho and this place makes me feel like home. The hiking trails can get a little crowded but it's not too bad. The mountain biking trails are great. I will be there at least once a week from here on out.
  • Love this park! Beautiful nature and rabbits, birds and squirrels. Many trails that run close to the river, great for pets on or off leashes. Not ideal for people with walkers or who need assistance waking as the terrain is uneven.

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