Clifton Gorge Revisited
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Ohio
Our second journey to Clifton Gorge took place in the spring of 2005, which was quite a contrast to our autumn excursion back in 2001. Seeing the park in a different season was really exciting, especially since all the spring flowers were in full bloom. Trillium, bluets, bluebells, and wild columbine blanketed the area with splashes of color. The wildlife was also out in full force; Canadian Geese, garter snakes, and snapping turtles, were all basking in the warm springtime sun. We followed suit and set off down the sunny, woodland trail.
Clifton Gorge is an incredibly scenic area, offering the hiker outstanding views of the Little Miami River as it makes its way through the narrow gorge. Hoof, Duff, Pick, and the Cruisinator were all on hand to enjoy the rich riparian environment. The five of us set off for our hike at 10:00 a.m., returning to the car at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon. The highlights of our four hour hike included: beautiful flowing waterfalls and cascades, redbud trees reflecting in the river, wildflowers in abundance, geese around every corner, and a garter snake that tried to make friends with Duff…to no avail I might add!
Post-hike we all headed to Clifton Mills Restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic lunch and fabulous views of the old mill and covered bridge, and thanks to Hoof’s quick wit and smooth talk the owner of the restaurant hooked us up with free fresh-ground pancake mix ---right on!