Explore the most popular walking 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.

My teens I and had a fabulous day trip here! The river was overflowing and made for a really interesting hike!

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

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.

Trails were clearly marked and clean. There were a lot of little off the beaten path adventures.

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!

hiking
10 months ago

Very beautiful hike but does get boring if you've been through it several times. Restrictive in that there are not too many options for variation in the hike. Definitely worth your time if you've never been!

Beautiful scenery. Not a typical flat path. Have to do some walking/jumping over small streams of water. Made it a little more exciting.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

This is one of my favorite places for a day hike. Be sure to stop at all the overlooks and read the information posted. They give you the history of this beautiful place.
The top of the trail is improved for those who have difficulty getting around. But once you go down the stairs to the bottom it can get pretty rough.
Bring water and bug repellent. Lol.

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.

Great hike. Rough terrain keeps your eyes on the trail instead of the beautiful scenery.

Bridge was closed which prevented completion of the loop, but otherwise a really nice trail system.

Great trail for all levels. Had a great time.

Grew up right down the street from this. Gem of a park, that Glen Helen.

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.

Google directions are accurate to site. At time of my hike the South Gorge trail portion of this hike was closed for repair (May 2016). Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail is open. From John Bryan this trail is a long level well maintained path along Little Miami River. Ends at footbridge across river to South Gorge trail AND the entrance to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve which I highly recommend to see cliffs and waterfalls.

Amazing trail, goes parallel to the little Miami scenic river on the way back if you start on the north rim trail

loved it walked 6 miles. lower gorge trail. actoss the bridge done the upper trail to next bridge. then walked back the orton trail

I love Clifton Gorge! It is a beautiful hike and one of my favorite places to hike. Two things to note: The second footage is closed so you can't actually the loop. It is under maintenance with no estimate to when it will be done. Second, I recommend that you start at the entrance off of Jackson St. You get to see the more narrow portion of the gorge with the waterfall which is the best part in my opinion.

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