Pittsburg-Cincinnati Stage Coach and South Gorge Loop from John L. Rich Trail

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Pittsburg-Cincinnati Stage Coach and South Gorge Loop from John L. Rich Trail 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.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

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.

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3 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.

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4 months ago

Easy hiking with nice scenery and water features.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

muddy, but very nice trail

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5 months ago

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7 months ago

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.

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10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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10 months ago

Nice and quiet trails. Get there early.

10 months ago