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beautiful scenery but lots of people

Beautiful views! but lots of people on the trails

hiking
18 days 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.

This place is absolutely beautiful and very well taken care of in my opinion. The trails were not hard to walk at all, and the terrain was not bad. There was a few climbs based on the trail, but was well worth it and gave a solid small workout without a lot of challenge. We walked to Pine Tree Forrest and it was absolutely beautiful. The forest area was not as popular as the other areas. Toward the entrance there was a lot of visitors but it everybody that we came into contact with was very friendly and respectful and always happy to offer advice on where to go and what to see. Like the others, I agree that the trails can be confusing due to very limited markings. You may notice a colored arrow here and there. MAKE SURE TO TAKE A MAP! There was a few places that we would have missed had we not had our maps. The spring and small waterfalls were beautiful. If this place had markers it would be perfect. Thats the only thing that I would change. If you keep your map with you and use common sense then you will be fine. I recommend you going earlier the day and take your time. We paid $5 for parking and we was happy to pay to see that it went to the reserve. Afterwards we walked through the small college town and I everybody was very friendly. It has a hipster- new age religion, dark arts kinda town. People were still courteous, just like everywhere else we had gone. In the town of Yellow Spring there are dark art book stores and tarot readings, art, a few coffee shops, that kinda thing so we didn't hang around the town, instead we checked out nearby areas and was happy with that. But nonetheless, it was a fun visit to the whole general area. The park is an A+++ Park, the staff was amazing and it was super clean.

Nice trail, I'm here at least once a month. Bottom next to the river has very little elevation gain, can get pretty muddy in spots. The top rim has a few ups and downs and a little 'rockier'. Great views, especially before the summer foilage is out. Get there early, this trail gets busy!

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

Great network of trails. Trails were unmarked making it difficult to stay on one loop for the entire hike. Still plenty to see no matter which trail you end up on. Negatives: Very crowded. Not enough parking.

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.

hiking
4 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.

Nice trails.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a great hike. Very peaceful. Despite there being a large crowd in the area for the street fair in Yellow Springs, I was alone on my hike the majority of the time.

on Clifton Gorge Loop

hiking
7 months ago

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

this was a beautiful trail to walk! Just remember to bring cash for parking in the lot- there is a box there for collection.

Beautiful trail, very peaceful! Trails are not marked very well, but this trail app really helped!

This trail might be great if it was marked at all! NOTHING to indicate you are on the right trail. Awful.

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

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

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

Definitely my go-to trail but you can get lost if not familiar.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful trails.

fairly easy trail, not all paths are marked well but enough of them you find your way back to correct trail soon enough.

Great trail. Definitely need a map and/or GPS to stay on the trail. The trails are very nice, but not labeled. Without GPS, would have had a difficult time staying on course.

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.

Neat trail lots of small waterfalls and big boulders some you can climb.

One of my favorites!

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