Earlier this week my friend Laurie, who lives in southwestern Ohio by way of NC, and I met at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve just outside of Yellow Springs. I had been itching to get over there since my failed attempt at camping in nearby John Bryan State Park during the mini monsoon season we had here. We met at the Raptor Center, where we discovered you cannot park for the day, but we did take a gander at the birds before moving our cars.
We ended up parking at the Glen Helen Building off Corry Street, where we picked up a trail map for a mere quarter. The map kindly illustrated the different sites within the park and how to get to them. You can download it here: http://glen.antiochcollege.org/assets/files/Misc%20Glen/TrailGuide-Final.pdf
Laurie and I took the Inman Trail and part of the Upper Birch Creek Trail for a nice two-hour hike (which was plenty considering we felt like we were hiking through a swamp in a sauna. We promptly treated ourselves to frozen hot chocolates in Yellow Springs afterwards!). Glen Helen connects with trails in John Bryan State Park, and is situated along the Little Miami bike trail, so you can easily come up with a day’s or weekend’s worth of outdoor activity in the area. It was a beautiful day so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves: