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“Great place for a winter walk”

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Clifton Gorge has always been a beautiful place for a hike, but even more so in the winter. We went yesterday after weeks of unusually cold temperatures and several snowfalls, which created an awesome winter spectacle. We always start at the Eastern most point in the village of Clifton, just down from the Clifton Mill, which is a great place to visit. From there you get some great views of the gorge. Don't forget to stop at the point where one of Daniel Boone's companions leapt across the gorge to escape a band of irate Shawnee Indians.(of course that was a while ago, but clearly marked with a storyboard)

The round trip hike, including stopping for photos, and just looking around was about 4 hours.
I would recommend a hiking stick, especially with snow on the ground, as it can be quite slippery and oftentimes muddy.

3  Thank GoJo82
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Absolutely breath-taking scenery. Hard to believe it sits in the heart of the Midwest. Be careful with small children because there are places where a misstep could be dangerous. But totally worth it for older kids and adults.

2  Thank TLW0rley
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Lovely place for a Fall walk and not crowed on a Monday morning. Trails well marked. You can take a short or longer hike if you want.

2  Thank Bill P
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

You walk down into the gorge and follow the stream crossing over at one of the two footbridges. It can be muddy in spring or after a rain so be advised. The trails can be a little confusing at places and could use some better markings but usually there are enough hikers there to help show the way. Nearby is the old Clifton Mill and restaurant where you can get a meal or buy some old fashioned corn meal, pancake mix, grits, etc. It is usually very nicely decorated over the Christmas Holidays.

1  Thank Bob S
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed walking the shady trails of this state park. It's only a short drive from downtown Dayton and is easy to find. This is a great place to pack a backpack and spend the day, or as we noticed once we arrived, there were lots of camp sites available too!

2  Thank Joehabby
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