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5 things you must do in Yellow Springs

A stone’s throw from Dayton is the little town of Yellow Springs. 

It’s a really chill, colorful and inviting place to be and has so much to offer just about everyone. Here are just a few things you can do on a visit: 

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Note: depending on season/temperature, some trails may be closed. So be sure to check before you go!

1. Young’s Jersey Dairy

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Young’s Jersey Dairy will have discounts on ice cream and other treats to celebrate its 149th anniversary from Jan. 12-15. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

Plan a day at Young’s and grab a couple scoops of homemade Cow Patty ice cream (it sounds unappetizing, but it’s actually the most amazing dose of chocolate you will EVER have) and play a game of putt-putt, hit some golf balls at the driving range, or hit a few home runs in the batting cages with your date or family. Once you’ve hit 18 holes-in-one and fulfilled that ice cream fix, you can head over to the barn to hang out with some majorly cute goats, calves, and maybe a pig or two. If you stay for dinner, you can walk over to the Golden Jersey Inn for a bacon wrapped pork chop.

>> PHOTOS: A beautiful warm day in Yellow Springs

2. John Bryan State Park

Amid peak fall color, hikers walk the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail in John Bryan state Park that follows the course of the Little Miami River and is wide enough for two people. John Bryan near Yellow Springs is considered by many to be the most scenic state park in western Ohio. (JIM WITMER)

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In the summertime, there is nothing more fun than going camping and roasting marshmallows by a campfire all night long. John Bryan State Park is one of the best places to go camping in the Miami Valley, and it’s a beautiful area with a ton to do. After you’ve set up camp, go hiking or biking on the trails (they connect to Clifton Gorge), fishing in the Little Miami River, and go rock climbing in one of the designated spots. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, John Bryan is definitely a great place to go.

3. Glen Helen

The Raptor Center at Glen Helen Nature Preserve. CONTRIBUTED

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If you’re ever bored on a sunny day, Glen Helen is a great place to hike. Bring a camera, because while you’re walking you can expect to see cliffs, waterfalls, a variety of wildlife, wooden bridges and a ton of beautiful trees. While you’re at the Glen you can also visit The Trailside Science Museum, The Raptor Center, and The Outdoor Education Center to see resident birds, grab maps, and learn more about the various programs and hikes hosted there. 

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4. Clifton Gorge

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

>> PHOTOS: Hiking Clifton Gorge in the middle of winter

If you’re a geology lover, Clifton Gorge is a beautiful display of dolomite and limestone as well as an example of interglacial and post-glacial canyon cutting. During a hot summer day, the Gorge is a great place to hike and cool off because it is shaded by the cliffs and trees that tower over the area. The Little Miami River also runs through the Gorge, so take a moment to stop and look for turtles and other creatures (but don’t pick them up!). Just observe and enjoy.

5. Downtown Yellow Springs

Monday, February 19, temperatures climbed almost in the 70s. Yellow Springs residents took note and made the most of the pseudo summer day. (Sarah Franks/Sarah Franks)

Downtown Yellow Springs is always bustling with activity and houses some of the neatest shops you can find. Stop by Super Fly Comics to snag the latest issue of The Walking Dead or your favorite anime, and then walk down the street to The Spirited Goat for a creamy chai latte. You can visit Mr. Eko, the sweetest cat ever in Dark Star Books and maybe you can spot Dave Chappelle hanging out near Dino’s coffee shop. When you’ve finished shopping, visit the Yellow Springs Brewery for a cold pint. Yellow Springs also hosts a ton of popular events like the Street Fairs, the Zombie Walk in the fall, music festivals, and much more.

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