Hike Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Lets take a hike in the country this saturday at Glen Helen. This is a moderate difficulty hike, with the distance around 4-5ish miles (providing I don't get lost). It's a beautiful area to hike in. Young people are welcome on this hike, and dogs are also welcome. The hike will start promptly at1030AM . Please plan accordingly. The distance from Tricounty mall is 57.3 miles and an hour and 3 minutes drive time according to Google. There may be construction on I75 or traffic congestion in Yellow Springs. Anyone wanting to carpool should meet in the parking lot at TriCounty Mall in the corner of the lot closest to the intersection of Kemper and 747. I will be there at 845, and will leave at 9AM.

Due to an occurance on one of my hikes earlier this year if you think there is ANY possibility of your getting lost or separated from the group after the hike starts here are some numbers for you to jot down and take with you although this area is regularly hiked by the locals and its unlikely that you will be alone for long. Yellow Springs Police Non emergency [masked]. Glen Helen [masked]. or just call 911. I'm not a fast hiker and I will make stops on this hike for Kodak moments, but PLEASE PLEASE pay attention to where the group is and when they leave an area. I will have copies of the trail map with me. If you want one please ask.

I will be dining out after the hike at a local establishment just up the road and anyone who is interested in joining me is more than welcome.

Please read the guidelines on dogs on hikes under the PAGES tab above. Please pick up after your dog.

By joining this hike you automatically agree to the legal waiver also under the PAGES tab above.

For convenience of parking purposes this hike starts in John Bryan Park at the parking lot by the campgrounds at the front entrance to the park so the address to put into your GPS is

3790 State Route 370

Yellow Springs, OH 45387

The route I suggest using to get there is take I75 north to 675. Follow 675 to the Dayton Yellow Springs Rd exit (Exit 20). Right onto Dayton Yellow Springs Rd and follow this into Yellow Springs where it changes to Dayton Rd. Make a left onto Xenia Ave (AKA Rt 68). Go a very short distance to the next traffic light and make a right onto Rt 343. Go 1.0 miles and make a right onto Rt 370. Go about 1.0 miles to the entrance to John Bryan State park (you bear left to enter the park). The campgrounds parking lot is on the right a short distance inside the park.

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  • Jessica M.

    Have an unexpected out of town buyer today so i will have to cancel.

    September 28, 2013

  • Tom S

    Hi Ellen, My son went to McGuffey Foundation school for 8 yrs. (Late 80s thru early 90s) Going with the school as a parent/ chaperone was how I became acquainted with Glen Helen. The water your refering to is probably the water from the Yellow Springs which still runs, and is how the village got it's name. The surrounding rocks are orange from the iron in the water. I did drink it once. I don't know that I would risk it again these days. I think the Dayton hiking club has hikes in Glen Helen occasionally so you may want to check their meetup schedule. I will probably do another one in the spring.

    September 26, 2013

    • Ellen H

      Hi Tom, it is cool to hear that McGuffey chapter school is doing the Glen Helen trips. I went to McGuffey Lab school way back when it was owned by Miami University, from nursery school thru 8th grade which was the highest grade they had. I was sad when it closed, but happy to hear many years later the chapter school was opened. Thanks for the suggestion about the Dayton hiking group!

      September 28, 2013

  • pankaj

    Sorry cant make it tomorrow would like join other time something urgent came up

    September 27, 2013

  • Ellen H

    I cant make it this Saturday due to other plans, but if another hike at Camp Glen Helen comes up I would like to come. When I was a kid my school's (McGuffey in Oxford) grades 4 and 5 had an overnight at Glen Helen. I remember us drinking well water that was delicious. It would be cool to see it as a grown up.

    September 25, 2013

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