Pittsburg-Cincinnati Stage Coach and South Gorge Loop

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Pittsburg-Cincinnati Stage Coach and South Gorge Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellow Springs, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.4 miles
275 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


bridge out



no dogs

This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Clifton Gorge encompasses a 2-mile stretch of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River, just east of John Bryan State Park. Geologically, it is an outstanding example of interglacial and post-glacial canyon cutting. At one point, the river funnels through a deep, narrow channel, which was apparently formed by the enlarging and connecting of a series of potholes in the resistant Silurian dolomite bedrock. In other sections of the gorge, cliff overhangs have broken off forming massive slump blocks scattered along the valley floor. The shaded, north-facing slopes provide a cool, moist environment for northern species including hemlock, red baneberry, Canada yew, arbor-vitae and mountain maple. This is one of the most spectacular sites in the state for viewing spring wildflowers including the rare snow trillium.

3 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

trail running
7 months ago

One of my favorites!

7 months ago

Rocky. good views

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Easy hiking with nice scenery and water features.

Friday, February 10, 2017

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

muddy, but very nice trail

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

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

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Nice and quiet trails. Get there early.

Monday, August 01, 2016

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

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.

Monday, October 12, 2015

love this hike lots of roots and rocks moderate difficulty very scenic

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Great hike.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fun hike with kids. On the portions down in the gorge, there are lots of places for the kids to explore & climb .

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The North Rim and South Gorge (not "George") trails make for a nice hike up and down the Little Miami River in John Bryan State Park. Unfortunately, the AllTrails map for this shows the wrong entrance. The entrance to John Bryan is on SR 370, not SR 343.

If you go to the SR 343 entrance, you are entering Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. Clifton Gorge does connect with John Bryan and can make for a nice extended hike. Be warned that Clifton Gorge does not allow pets. John Bryan, though, is a great place to walk a dog

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