PHOTOS: Why you need to hike Clifton Gorge right NOW

After a blustery day of hiking at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, our jaws were more tired from dropping in awe than our legs were tired from the trek. 

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Clifton Gorge is a 268-acre preserve in Yellow Springs, protecting “one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state,” according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. 

Two miles of the Little Miami Scenic River runs parallel to the preserve’s hiking trails, cascading sharp waterfalls along the glacially carved route. 

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So far, 2018 temperatures have stayed put well-below freezing — stopping waterfalls in their tracks, covering foliage in glistening snow and creating a true winter wonderland. Check out these photos and see for yourself why your frozen cheeks are a worthy price to pay for these views:

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Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)
Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)
Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)
Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)
Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)
Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)
Clifton Gorge transforms into a true winter wonderland when temperatures drop low and snow fall is heavy. (Gem City Visuals)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

WHERE: 2381 State Route 343, Yellow Springs (0.25 miles west of Clifton at the east end of John Bryan State Park) 

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