Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in John Bryan State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 days ago

Went yesterday, hadn't been there in years. Gorgeous views, caught some awesome wildlife sightings (huge fish and turtles, snakes, baby groundhog, butterflies). I'd forgotten how rocky parts of the path are, so definitely watch your footing. Wasn't busy at all when I got there (I was only the 2nd car in the lot) but picked up through the day. The only downside...the sign at the start about it being a high crime area is right on target. As I was leaving, someone else in the lot found himself the victim of a smash and grab. Don't leave anything of value in your car.

beautiful scenery but lots of people

Beautiful views! but lots of people on the trails

1 month ago

Easy hike. Some nice views of the river and the gorge. Probably quite nice in the fall. The park has little trail maps posted on wooden displays that are very unhelpful. LOTS of social trails in the area as well. It was a little bit muddy when I went. Definitely worth a stop though.

on John L. Rich Trail

1 month ago

Followed the directions from this app that says dogs on leash are allowed however, got to the trailhead and it says no dogs allowed $50 fine. We drove an hour to get here. With our dog.

great trails

pretty good trail with little things all over to see! we went while it was flooded and the river/creek was pretty wild.

5 months ago

The scenery is great. It’s a pretty easy hike that takes you along the river. If you go after a good rain, a lot of small waterfalls reveal themselves.

7 months ago

Nice, easy hike. The lower part of the trail by the Little Miami was especially pretty and had great views of the gorge. Most of the fall leaves are gone, but it was still a beautiful walk. A little muddy in places, so wear your hiking boots.

7 months ago

Fairly easy trail, but excellent scenery especially with the fall colors starting to pop, a lot of trail runners and families with children

Easy little hike, awesome scenery especially with the fall colors and after a rain, you can do the South Gorge trail but 1 of the bridges is closed so it's not a loop, just take the Rim Trail instead to create the loop.

on Clifton Gorge Loop

8 months ago

Beautiful hike, it was so peaceful hiking along the stream. Definitely less traveled than Hocking hills.

One of my most favorites in the area. Good mix of terrain and beautiful scenery!

Great trail many runners. would be even better once leaves fall off the trees.

9 months ago

beautiful trails.

Takes about 1.2 hours at fast pace to complete loop. Upper trail is dry and flat. Lower trail is rocky, muddy, and moderate. Good overall for a fast walk or trail run.

One of my favorites!

Beautiful views, lots of scenic water falls and river views. From the top of the gorge you can see and hear the river and wildlife. We did a 6.5 mile hike. Climbing out of the gorge was the most challenging. Well worth the beautiful views of Mother Nature at her best.

Easy hiking with nice scenery and water features.

This is the John Bryan State Park gorge trail that follows the Little Miami river. I do this trail every year. The trail descends stairs down into the gorge and is flanked by gorge walls on either side of the river. The last time that I was there the western bridge was out. If so, walk along the north side of the river to the western bridge and then up to the rim trail to return to your starting point. If you do this trail, make sure that you continue east for a half mile along the Clifton Gorge trail, too. Very picturesque.

mountain biking
Friday, February 10, 2017

This is a mountain bike trail that is divided into three sections by a fire road loop. Park in the little lot by the cabin and ride past the info board, past the gate, and up the fire road. In a minute or two you'll see the trailhead on the left. The course is flat and completely in the woods with a few creek crossings. Follow the trail as it crosses the fire road, it's well-marked. The challenge is that the trail winds between sets of trees so maneuverability is more important than fitness. The trail ends in a field across from the parking lot. This is where you bring people to teach them how to mountain bike.

for our area a great little hike, history and geography make you think about traveling in a stage coach might really have been an adventure back in the day, if there and you enjoy a hiking do this trail

muddy, but very nice trail

The trail itself is very moderate in regards to level of difficulty. However, being a first timer to the Clifton Gorge area, We found the trail system a bit confusing. Many of the trails would zig & zag often times without any transitional markings to inform the hiker of their whereabouts. Although, this shouldn't be a deterrent for anyone. The trails are nice, the scenery is beautiful and regardless of being confused at times. You won't be disappointed.

Poorly marked trails with little variety. Not much to look at.

Nice and quiet trails. Get there early.

The John L. Rich trail was absolutely breathtaking! This was our first hiking trip since we've moved here from California in Jan 2015, and the scenery was amazing and bi-passed what we expected. We can't wait to hike the extended 4 mile trail next.

Beautiful hike, We started at the far parking lot in Clifton and did the full hike around the rim and through Clifton Gorge. This was probably the most scenic part of the hike, The western bridge over the river was closed so we did the Stage Coach Trail and then up onto the Northern Rim Trail for a total of about 6 miles. We'll come back and do South Gorge another day. Overall I would rate the route as easy with just a couple mildly strenuous hill climbs. Lots of amazing views with cascades, pools and the occasional small waterfall.

Directions are accurate to site. There are three parking areas. Park in one closest to Clifton township along SR343. The red trail map starts at the nature center while the trail actually begins close to town along SR343. Thats where you peer down into the gorge from the rim. Very nice views. At nature center go down the steps into the gorge. Good out and back walk in the Gorge. Or, where the preserve meets John Bryan State Park you can take a loop trail further (as shown on the map). At the time I hiked the South Gorge trail portion of the loop was closed for repair. Pitt-Cinn trail was open. Very nice day. Recommend eating at Clifton Mill for breakfast before hike or a meal after. Its very nice old mill with waterfall and covered bridge. See Instagram: hikingandexploring for more pictures of this hike.

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