If you are looking for a quaint Ohio town to visit in the Dayton area, you may want to consider taking a trip to Yellow Springs! Here in the town of Yellow Springs, you will find an abundance of nature as well as some small town shops in their downtown area. Here are some of our favorite stops in the area:
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve is rich in scenic features, all accessible from a 15-mile network of footpaths. The preserve is nearly two-thirds forest, representing a unique mixed-oak forest community.
The balance is managed meadow, prairie, streams and wetlands – a diversity that provides habitats for many species of animals and birds. On even a short walk, visitors can view spectacular wildflowers, 400-year-old trees, talus slopes, ledges, cascades and valleys carved by glacial melt water, and the beautiful yellow spring that gives the town its name. In addition, trails are open year-round during daylight hours.
Educational programs abound in the preserve. The Outdoor Education Center welcomes more than 3,000 school children each year, who stay for a week they will remember for the rest of their lives. The Raptor Center is renowned for bird of prey education and rehabilitation. The Center welcomes visitors for up-close looks at hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and falcons native to Ohio.
The Glen depends on public support. Through your Glen Helen Association membership, you can help
ensure that the preserve and its programs continue to thrive. Association members are entitled to
complimentary parking at the main entrance, a discount in our Nature Shop, plus free or discounted
admission to many of our events and programs.
To support the Glen, please visit www.glenhelen.org or by mail: Glen Helen Association, 405 Corry
Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.
The Little Art Theatre is among the most recognizable and beloved landmarks in Yellow Springs. The theater is known for its commitment to diverse programming. They run many first-run independent and foreign films, documentaries, cinema classics and special film events.
Additionally, the Little Art hosts community events, including a New Year’s Eve celebration. Also other community collaborations include hosting area filmmaker’s or student film premieres and partnering with local nonprofits such as the 365 Project, Community Solutions, Tecumseh Land Trust, NAMI-YS, and WYSO to bring important documentaries to the screen. Our reach extends to the greater Miami Valley, including hosting screenings for the annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival.
The Little Art is also available for people to rent for their own special events and celebrations including anniversaries and birthdays.
John Bryan State Park
John Bryan State Park is distinguished by its remarkable limestone gorge, which was cut by the Little Miami State and National Scenic River. The gorge, which is a National Natural Landmark, offers hikers splendid views from the trail. A launch area outside the park provides paddlers with access to the river.
Along with 10 different trails including the popular Storybook Trail, the park has a public rock climbing and rappelling area. Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, located next to the park, offers additional hiking opportunities.
For a wide selection of books, visit the Dark Star Book store. They have categories from Ancient History to Zombies, and everything in between. Customers come to this store from all over because they have a large collection of rare books that you can’t find anywhere else! Additionally, they boast a large kids selection as well as science fiction. The collection of used books at this store comes to over 40,000!! If you are looking for comics, you can check here, or down the street at Super-Fly Comics.
For a beer in the area, stop by Yellow Springs Brewery. Along with brewing their own selection of beer, they also have a taproom available for people to sit and enjoy a drink. Indoors they have a selection of tasteful art for people to view. In addition, they have an outdoor space that is family and pet friendly.
This bike trail, over 78 miles long, stretches through a good portion of Ohio, know as the “Miami Valley.” While you may not be inclined to ride the entire 78 miles, you can pick up the trail at several points near yellow springs for a nice ride. The trail runs near the Glen Helen preserve, and right by Yellow Springs Brewery!
At any rate, if you’re looking for something to do on a summer day, don’t miss visiting this quaint Ohio town! If you visit, you can spend some time shopping and also get out and experience the nature in the area. Looking for more things to do in Ohio? Visit our page on nearby Dayton.