Looking for a great trail in John Bryan State Park, Ohio? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in John Bryan State Park ranging from 1.1 to 5.6 miles and from 990 to 1,049 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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John Bryan is the most scenic state park in western Ohio. The 752-acre park contains a remarkable limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River which is designated as a state and national scenic river A portion of the gorge itself is designated as a national natural landmark.

Very muddy today! ...but this was a great hike! There was a lot of paths that went off the main loop, easy to get lost without the app. Pretty much all shade so even at 80 degrees it felt cooler and no sun block was needed on the kids. The river and waterfalls were nice, lots of bird noises and tons of bugs.

Gorgeous area. Kid friendly and dog friendly

nice short hike and the river drowns out the noise of civilization at high flow

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

muddy
rocky
2 months ago

We went on one of our first hikes here and we loved it! Great trail for beginners: a little difficult but not too challenging. Lots of different things to see.

Early spring is a fantastic time to take this hike. Keep going into John Bryan at the turn to extend your hike. This section of the park is outstanding due to the protection the natural features have been given.

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rocky
4 months ago

Nice trail, lots of chances to have nice views of the river and a waterfall. THIS TRAIL IS NOT DOG FRIENDLY. It is in a state nature preserve and dogs are not permitted in state nature preserves. We crossed paths with a troop being guided by a park ranger and we were informed that we should not have brought the dog on this trail. She was pleasant about it, and during the course of our conversation said that we should have passed a no pets allowed and we explained that there was not one on the trailhead we took. We also asked about where the cross over from the state park to the state nature preserve happened, and apparently it was on our drive in to the trail head. We did not see any signage for this. Hopefully they will improve signage in the future.

As good as it gets frontage area! It was quiet when we were there, but I bet it can get quite busy in peak season.

I have been hiking Jhon Bryan /Clifton Gorge/ Gleen Hellen parks since my first memories of a child. This group of trails are responsible for giving me my love of nature, backpacking,camping, ect.. for that reason I give them five stars. I have hiked them under a full moon which is spectacular( although slightly against the rules) and in the pitch black of night also very fun.I am passing the tradition on to my son who first set foot on the trails at three days old. the trails are home to me.

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6 months ago

Trails could be labeled more clearly. Walking along the water is always great. We all enjoyed the blue skies and mild weather. Clean trails, not over crowded.

The trail is well managed and is as good as it gets for the area. Do yourself a favor and get there early to avoid the crowds since this is a heavily trafficked trail. Try it out in the fall when the leaves are changing.

Great trail, amazing views, nice terrain with just enough technical challenge to make it fun for the whole family.

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9 months ago

A bit rocky but beautiful hike. Saw a rainbow across a waterfall.

Great trail. Bridge across for loop is out at this time for repairs. I will soon return to check this out.

Nice contrast in terrain from relatively flat along the river, to a rocky ascent to the rim which features moderate ups and downs. Entirely under hardwood canopy. Beautiful any season.

Great hike. Nice scenery.

Gorgeous trails, foot traffic gets a little heavy around 10-10:30am. Going early is always really nice. Will walk this trail again and again, never gets old! Simply beautiful.

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11 months ago

This was a beautiful shaded trail for a Sunday afternoon summer hike. When we used the link for directions on the app it took us to the Boy Scout camp on Swimming Pool Road and there was no trail. We went back and followed the signs to the state park and went past the mountain bike trail to the next parking lot and stumbled upon the trail. Of the hikes we have done in this area, this has been our favorite. There were some hikers, but not as many as other spots in the area. We will definitely be back.

great trail. great water.

This is a beautiful trail. Some flat surfaces and then lots of rocks and roots. Walking along the water and the deep gorge........very shade covered. We went on my husbands 77th birthday and took our 17yr old grandson. We all thought it was BEAUTIFUL!!! Hiked this after visiting Clifton Mill. So amazing!!

Easy hiking with beautiful views and the sound of the water was all around. Very peaceful and not very crowded for a weekend.

on John L. Rich Trail

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nice trail. Beautiful scenery, however it is not a 5 mile trail as stated in the app. It is a 1.3 it does connect with other trail but this particular trail is only 1.3. still very nice but just be aware if you are looking for something longer.

A really good park. Our first time here and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We didnt walk the hole trail. It was a gorgeous day today after having temps with heat indexes over 100* and a lot of people were taking advantage of it. The foot bridge on the West side was closed. We would have liked to have been able to go that route but for our first time out, we have no complaints. The trails were well maintained and I made mention to my husband that I only saw 1 piece of trash during our whole trip. that makes for an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to another trip out that way to travel another trail !

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