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Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
Why It's a Natural Treasure
Spanning 268 acres, Clifton Gorge protects one of the most spectacular limestone and dolomite gorges in the state. It encompasses two miles of Little Miami State and National Scenic River east of John Bryan
State Park and is part of a three-mile-long complex between Clifton and Yellow Springs. A variety of
species call this preserve home, including the red baneberry, which is threatened in the state, and wall
rue, an uncommon fern. A diverse selection of spring wildflowers also can be found, including hepatica
and the rare snow trillium.
One of The Nature Conservancy's initial projects in Ohio, the preserve's first parcels of land were acquired by the Conservancy in 1963. The site was registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.
What to See and Do
Explore the overlooks found in the preserve, some of which feature scenic waterfalls. You’ll find it hard to believe you’re in the Midwest! Also be sure to wear your hiking boots on Narrow’s Trail and look for the remains of large potholes—did you know they provide a window into the creation of the gorge? While on the trail, keep your eyes open for Butler’s garter snake, which is rare in Ohio but found on the preserve.
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