John Bryan State Park

John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs: Address, Phone Number, John Bryan State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

John Bryan State Park
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lorih674
Orange Park, FL59 contributions
Beautiful Park
Jun 2021 • Couples
Beautiful park and well maintained. The park was very clean and the walking trails are marked. They did suggest taking a picture of the map with your phone which was great for easy reference. This is also an easy trip from Cincinnati. I would certainly recommend this for an outdoor activity
Written June 17, 2021
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Bloom Chemist
Morrow, OH61 contributions
Snow trilliums!
Mar 2021
First snow trilliums are beginning to bloom in the gorge! (March 10, 2021) John Bryan State Park is one of my favorite places to hike with wildflowers. Also found a first hepatica blooming and a bit of harbinger of spring. It's great that the south bridge has reopened, allowing for a loop walk inside the gorge.
Written March 11, 2021
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Gafilpoo
Bluffton, OH321 contributions
Cool little gorge
Nov 2020 • Couples
You can see the whole park in one day. Hike the gorge in the morning and do the mountain bike trails in the afternoon! Family fun.
Written November 10, 2020
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Nicole0223
Hamilton, OH79 contributions
My favorite park
Jul 2020 • Friends
John Bryan State Park is one of my favorite parks in Ohio! We camped with friends and hiked. It was a wonderful time and beautiful scenery! My only complaint was that everyone feeds the raccoons at the campground so they are not afford and will walk right up to your cooler and tents when you are sitting right by them.
Written August 11, 2020
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rebecca g
9 contributions
A green and watery hike
Jul 2020 • Couples
Bring water and a sense of open-eyed adventure. This park has low river beds and gorge topped trail paths.
Written July 28, 2020
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klbarth39
Columbus, OH500 contributions
Nice smaller park with camping
Jul 2020 • Couples
They have nice shelterhouses, walking trails disc golf and a lot of pinic tables. Their camping area is mostly in a large open area with only a few with pull of sites. Most of the sites are primitive with a lot of tent camping. They have fire rings at some sites. The area does have restrooms. The park has a day lodge and a park observatory along with several mountain bike trails. In another part of the park is a group only camping area with must be reserved in advance so that the park Rangers can unlocked and open the group area.
The park is very well maintained.
Written July 21, 2020
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ishouldbediving
Cincinnati, OH220 contributions
Beautiful Area, Enjoyed Hiking, Nice Campground
Oct 2019
We camped at John Bryan State Park (JBSP) campground for a long weekend. We had no electricity (site #42) which was a bummer because it got cold, therefore no heat. There are a few sites with electric. The campground is nice with some big sites (#43, #11) and some trees. Many sites are not level. Only the electric sites had a paved pad for campers. No bathrooms except pit toilets. The campground was clean and well maintained.
We took a long hike through the gorge next to the creek which was beautiful and we will go back again just to do that trail again! It was a very easy hike. We hiked back via the upper rim trail which was nice but not as beautiful as being next to the creek. I recommend hiking all the way to the end to see the Narrow Gorge section, or there is a parking lot there. Part of this trail was next to the road but then veered away a bit so you don't feel like your hiking next to the freeway. The scenery was worth the easy hike. Our only complaint is the lack of trail signage in JBSP. We started our hike from the campground and didn't know where we were going to come out. But it worked out fine and we thoroughly enjoyed our hiking at JBSP.
There are many picnic tables for a picnic, a small camp store, a playground and a Frisbee golf course in the park. It is only a couple of miles from Yellow Springs, so the next visit we plan to bring our bikes as there is a bike trail in YS. I don't know about riding my bike to YS from the campground because you have to ride on the road.
JBSP is a great place to visit for a day to picnic and hike, or to stay for a long weekend. We plan to go back after the leaves have fallen to hike the gorge so we can see more without the leaves blocking some views. This park is also very close to Glen Helen Nature Preserve which we heard has good hiking too.
Written October 16, 2019
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Dee T
Columbus, Oh3 contributions
Camping
Jul 2019
We had a great time camping here and taking our kayaks out on the lake. We enjoyed swimming at the state park beach but take water shoes as it was more rocky than sandy. This is a close by spot to visit Young's Dairy, Clifton Gorge and Glen Helen.
Written October 9, 2019
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Rand R
Brownsburg, IN202 contributions
Nice park, lots of trails
Jun 2019 • Couples
Came here to enjoy the trails. There are a lot of trails to chose from. But they were not very well marked. Found our way out by dead reckoning and a compass. We were there early in the season and there was a lot of needed maintenance. Lots of blown down trees across the trails. Some of the trails joined those through the Clifton George State Nature Preserve making for a nice long hike there are lower and upper trails so you can make it a long loop.
Written June 23, 2019
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Cheesepeace12
Columbus, OH5 contributions
Amazing day solo!
Oct 2018
I picked a lot and hopped on a trail. I love how easy it is to find the trail heads, and if you want more of a challenge you can just keep going as most of them connect. There are several places to pause and take in a stunning view, or just breathe. It's also a bit rigorous underfoot, so being alone this was fun to push myself. With children, watch your step and be prepared for mud and slippery rocks at the lower elevations. I highly recommend having a beer after at one of the pubs or brewery, or a slice at HAHA Pizza! The trails are so close to fun shops and galleries, it's really a wonderful way to round out a day or a weekend. IT's my favorite place within and hour of Columbus, Cincinnati and a real gem for us!
Written May 7, 2019
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