John Bryan State Park: First Hike of 2017

I wanted to make sure our first hike of 2017 was memorable, so we drove 45min to John Bryan State Park and it was soooooo worth it.

It was a new trail and my kids are used to being able to run ahead of me and explore, but then we heard water and people that we could never find, saw a sign that said ‘stay on trail’ and I had to yell at them to stop and not move. Would a guard rail interfere with nature? Maybe a couple of signs warning you that you’re getting close to the gorge before you actually get to it?!

Ava and Samuel had to be daredevils and get as close to the cliff as possible before we started our walk down.


You guys…it’s even more beautiful in person.
I can’t believe a place like this exists in Ohio.

From the website: 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

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The kids did their usual digging and exploring.


Pretending to fish.


Relaxing and taking a snack break.


I did my usual observing of them and enjoying the scenery.


They asked me to take a picture of their super hero poses by the cool rock wall.

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We stumbled on this little waterfall on our way out….mainly because I missed the path to take us back up.

clifton gorge waterfall

I don’t know which I enjoyed more, the view coming or going.


We only covered a very tiny fraction of this park because we were only there for about 3hours and didn’t leave the main gorge area.
I plan to make a day of it next time. We’ll probably go back to Clifton Gorge but take the trail all the way around so we can explore the rest of it.