The town of Yellow Springs is a culturally diverse oasis tucked away in Eastern Ohio.
It was named for the spring which was discovered around 1800 the water from which was said to have healing properties. Around the spring the town built up as a health resort building hotels, spas, boarding houses, a tavern, and Antioch College. Once the railroad moved in it became the center of trade and recreation for the region.
Today the spring and the name exists but all the spas, boarding houses, and hotels are all gone as well as the rail road which has been converted into biking trails.
People visit today for the eclectic shopping, dining, and recreation - as it is adjacent to a considerable numbers of outdoor activities.
A mile out of town is the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, home to the yellow springs for which the town was named for. There are also limestone cliffs, overhangs, and waterfalls to be found throughout the 20 miles of hiking trails.
When we arrived in town, all the shops were closed (town basically closes from 6pm - 11am) so we decided to check out the springs. Down the great rock stairs we went, over a bridge, and down the path. We came across some really awesome rock formations, and a lot of noisy people. We made it to the springs which were very unique - the rocks stained from the iron rich waters. But rather than continuing on to see more of the park, we turned back, it's not a place to go if you're looking for peace and quiet (at least that was our experience).
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.