Glen Helen State Nature Preserve

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

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.

Who?

Who?

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:

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Yellow Springs Creek

Yellow Springs Creek

Mwahahaha

Mwahahaha

One of several waterfalls

One of several waterfalls

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Glen Helen State Nature Preserve

  1. I’m planning on hiking in Glen Helen next week and am looking to make the trip a little longer – would you suggest adding on the Upper Birch Creek trail to the Inman trail? Or is there another part that you have done before? Did you go to the Pine Forest? I’m looking for about a 5 mile hiking trip. Thanks for the help!

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