More than eighty years have passed since the day that Hugh Taylor Birch, a visionary with a love of nature, donated this wooded glen to Antioch College as a living memorial to his daughter Helen. As a private, membership supported, nonprofit nature preserve, Glen Helen has played a lead role in shaping the ecological literacy of our visitors, our community, and the region.For Glen Helen Nature Preserve and beyond, use our Yellow Springs trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Yellow Springs vacation.
The Glen is home to the first residential outdoor education facility in the Midwest, the first educational forest in Ohio, and Ohio’s original facility for education and rehabilitation of birds of prey. Within the borders of this thousand acre preserve, we shelter nearly two miles of the State and National Scenic Little Miami River and 97 acres of National Natural Landmark that encompasses several geological and historical landmarks.
Glen Helen offers something for everyone, from the college student conducting research with their class, to families drawn in by the 400 year-old oaks and trillium-carpeted slopes, from the kids whose lives are changed by a week at the Outdoor Education Center, to the weekend visitor eager to walk some of our 20+ miles of trails.
Come visit, walk, learn, belong!
Glen Helen Nature Preserve reviews
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve is just across the street from Yellow Springs downtown. Great trees and trails. Some of the trails can be closed for repair. Check ahead. more »
This was the first time we visited Yellow Springs and after reading Trip Advisors reviews we decided to hike Glen Helen Preserve...We did the inside loop that was 1.6 miles but felt a lot longer due..... more »
Nice peaceful hiking trail. The trails aren't marked other than signs instructing hikers to stay on the trails. I stayed on what seemed to be the main trail that starts from the left side of the parking area and it went in a 1.5-2 mile loop across two streams with a few waterfalls. It would be helpful if at least the main trail that leads back to the parking lot was marked with color coding to differentiate from the trails at various forks that provide additional hiking opportunities.
We took the loop hike which is about 1 mile long. Nice scenery with some smaller water falls, but still scenic. There are a lot of paths that go out from the loop path and this was our first time there, so asked several folks if we were heading the right way. Feel like the path could be better marked. Will return to explore the other paths now that we know it a little better.
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