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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, " 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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  • If you like birds/raptors, visit the Raptor Center between John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge. The birds are beautiful and it is great there is a sanctuary for injured birds that would not surviv...  more »
  • Stopped by on a warm day in February. Lots of people, young people, families, teens, twenties, older couples, dogs. What a great atmosphere! Without knowing where we were going, we lucked into a great...  more »
  • My wife and I decided to check it out while we in the area. We are always looking for somewhere to take the boys as they like to camp and hike, The view along the Little Miami is beautiful. We didnt c...  more »
  • A must attend place in the greater Dayton area. A great place to get away pull out a tent start up a fire and go camping for the weekend. Beautiful park, great hiking trails, and so many different places you can go within the woods.
  • Great fall hiking spot. I love this park. Plenty of parking at the trail heads. It's free. Pretty river running through it and a nice little town at the end of the park.
  • Nice place to go hiking. The trail goes on forever and nice people are everywhere. The scene is relaxing and nice all year round.
  • Rock climbing in the middle of Ohio is hard to find. Somehow this little gem remains relatively undiscovered. Might be a little underwhelming for rapelling, the routes farthest from the campground are best for this.
  • 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!