Hike the North Rim of the Little Miami River

Rate this Adventure Ohio John Bryan Lower Parking Lot

Added by

Hugging the banks of the Little Miami River and clinging to towering limestone cliffs, John Bryan State Park is western Ohio's must-see state park. 

Starting at the lower parking lot, follow the signs that direct you to the trails near the shelterhouse. Within 0.2 of a mile the trail forks; follow the left fork heading east along the Little Miami River. This is the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail, which for 1.3 miles winds its way along the banks of the Little Miami, and rises above it in several places for some beautiful views of the river valley. Along the trail on your left, towering limestone cliffs 40-50 feet tall take up the entire view, several of which have metal eyebolts mounted into the cliffs to allow for rock climbing to take place.

At the end of the Stagecoach Trail, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve begins (no dogs permitted). From here, turn left up hill through a gap in the cliffs to reach the North Rim Trail, a 1.4 mile trail that follows the edge of the cliffs of John  Bryan, with beautiful views of the park during the growing season, and even more spectacular views once the leaves fall in autumn. Follow the North Rim Trail west to head back into John Bryan State Park.

The North Rim Trail eventually returns to the Stagecoach Trail, making for a loop hike just shy of three hours that takes about an hour to complete at a good pace.

Afterwards, head into the nearby town of Yellow Springs and grab a cool beer at Yellow Springs Brewery! (305 N. Walnut St., Suite B, Yellow Springs, OH).  

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Daypack
  • Water (1-2 liters)
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

250 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Dan Barr

A Buckeye with a backpack and a bad case of wanderlust

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to the Elusive Corkscrew Falls

Ohio / Route 664 and Zwinkle Rd

I like to describe this waterfall as the "elusive" corkscrew falls. A couple years ago, only one or two people had blogged on the internet about these falls.

Katie Yarborough
53 Saves

Hike to Contour Falls

Ohio / Station Road Bridge Trailhead

This hike begins at the trail-head of Cuyahoga National Park. Once arrived, you will cross a bridge overlooking the Cuyahoga River.

Zakk Sheehan
19 Saves

Hike the Pew Island Trail, Indian Lake

Ohio / Pew Island Trailhead

I hiked this trail on a very cold, blustery day. A winter storm was blowing in across the ice and temperatures were downright frigid.

Bernadette John
7 Saves