Autumn Hiking Abounds Around Bellbrook

by Emily Lewis

Leaves on the cusp of turning and temperatures soon to be cooling are both signs that the weather is sure to be perfect for hiking. Ohio is known for its beautiful autumn foliage, and hikes through the woods are a great way to make the most of the season before winter makes its appearance. Here are some of the best places to hike around Bellbrook this autumn:

Sugarcreek MetroPark

Probably the most well-known reserve in Bellbrook, Sugarcreek Reserve is only a 5 minute drive from downtown. Most famous for the Three Sisters, a trio of trees dating back to before Columbus sailed, the park offers a variety of trails, from along the creek to through a wildflower prairie.

Bill Yeck Park

Only a short drive from the entrance to the Sugarcreek MetroPark, Bill Yeck is Centerville’s equivalent. This park has something for everyone, from the casual hiker, to the birdwatcher, to the runner. The property also features some historical buildings, as well as a few trails that follow the Little Sugar Creek.

Morris Reserve

A new, unknown gem, Morris Reserve sits off a turn onto Lower Bellbrook Road, just a few minutes away from downtown Bellbrook. The land was donated to the Park District, and features a large field of wildflowers and a wooded pathway. While it’s still very new, it’s the perfect place to explore, especially as the leaves start to turn.

Grant Park

Just a little over ten minutes away from the center of Bellbrook, Grant Park is a nature reserve in Centerville. One parking lot is tucked away behind a school, with various other spots around the map to park as well. The trails go along streams, through meadows, and up steep hills, offering multiple trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, and John Bryan State Park

Yellow Springs is about 30 minutes away from Bellbrook, but if you make the drive, you won’t be disappointed. Glen Helen sits just outside of Yellow Springs, and is home to the famous Yellow Spring which the town is named after. Clifton Gorge has over 250 acres of land, and the trails follow limestone and dolomite formations. John Bryan has many trails along the Little Miami River. 

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