ishouldbediving on Trip Advisor
2 years ago
10/16/2019, 11:58 AM
Beautiful Area, Enjoyed Hiking, Nice Campground
We camped at John Bryan State Park (JBSP) campground for a long weekend. We had no electricity (site #42) which was a bummer because it got cold, therefore no heat. There are a few sites with electric. The campground is nice with some big sites (#43, #11) and some trees. Many sites are not level. Only the electric sites had a paved pad for campers. No bathrooms except pit toilets. The campground was clean and well maintained.
We took a long hike through the gorge next to the creek which was beautiful and we will go back again just to do that trail again! It was a very easy hike. We hiked back via the upper rim trail which was nice but not as beautiful as being next to the creek. I recommend hiking all the way to the end to see the Narrow Gorge section, or there is a parking lot there. Part of this trail was next to the road but then veered away a bit so you don't feel like your hiking next to the freeway. The scenery was worth the easy hike. Our only complaint is the lack of trail signage in JBSP. We started our hike from the campground and didn't know where we were going to come out. But it worked out fine and we thoroughly enjoyed our hiking at JBSP.
There are many picnic tables for a picnic, a small camp store, a playground and a Frisbee golf course in the park. It is only a couple of miles from Yellow Springs, so the next visit we plan to bring our bikes as there is a bike trail in YS. I don't know about riding my bike to YS from the campground because you have to ride on the road.
JBSP is a great place to visit for a day to picnic and hike, or to stay for a long weekend. We plan to go back after the leaves have fallen to hike the gorge so we can see more without the leaves blocking some views. This park is also very close to Glen Helen Nature Preserve which we heard has good hiking too.