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Ohio whitewater, Little Miami River

Greene county, Clifton Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     1.3 miles
The official State Park Brochure for John Bryan State Park clearly states that canoeing and kayaking is a feature of activities in the state park.  Says Tony

The gorge is entirely situated in John Bryan State Park...The State Park does not allow canoeing or kayaking in the gorge. Says Timbo

The Clifton Gorge stretch of Little Miami River in Ohio is 1.3 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater.
    The starting location is a short drive from Springfield, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Ohio is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in
this state are not very demanding. This is an extremely short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Clifton Gorge section is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other places. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive  
a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The wonderful Greene County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Little Miami River make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Little Miami River you can take a hike along the South Gorge Trail, and Caesar Creek State Park is a nice place to visit. If the weather is good here at Little Miami River, you can go for a hike along the Arboretum Trail, and Clifton Gorge is a fine place to pop by.

Little Miami River, Clifton Gorge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Little Miami River.
 Whitewater Near Little Miami River:
Little Miami River, Greene County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.3 miles long (Clifton Gorge)
Massie's Creek, Green County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 0.5 miles long (Wilberforce)
Mad River, Montgomery County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 0 miles long (Huffman Dam)
Caesar Creek, Warren County, 22 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Caesar Creek Lake to Little Miami River)
Second Creek, Warren County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.25 miles long (State Route 132 to Confluence with Todd's Fork)
Hall's Creek, Warren County, 30 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.25 miles long (Shawhan Road to Hall's Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Little Miami River:
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 31 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 58 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Perfect North, Indiana , 79 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Little Miami River:
Kiser Lake Marina, Saint Paris , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Miami River:
Hearthstone Inn Suites, Cedarville , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SPRINGFIELD - DAYTON AREA, Springfield , 6 miles away
Comfort Suites Springfield, Springfield , 6 miles away
Red Roof Inn Springfield, Springfield , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Springfield, Springfield , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Miami River:
John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs, 1 miles away
Morris Bean Reserve - Jacoby Rd Launch, Yellow Springs, 4 miles away
Greene County Fairgrounds, Xenia, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Little Miami River:
South Gorge Trail, Greene , 0 miles away
Arboretum Trail, Greene , 1 miles away
Orton Memorial Trail, Greene , 1 miles away
Buckhorn Trail, Clark , 11 miles away
Lakeview Trail, Clark , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Miami River:
John Bryan State Park, Ohio , 1 miles away
Caesar Creek State Park, Ohio , 11 miles away
Buck Creek State Park, Ohio , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Miami River:
Rocky Lakes Golf Course, Springfield , 4 miles away
W G C Golf Course, Xenia , 6 miles away
Greene Country Club, Fairborn , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Miami River
Crystal Lake, Clark , 13 miles away
Clark Lake, Clark , 16 miles away

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