The Cascades at Glen Helen by Steve Zeinner
Cascades at Glen Helen
Height: 10 feet
Crest 8 feet
Difficulty to reach: Easy
Water flow level: Moderate flow
Address: Glen Helen Nature Preserve
The natural centerpiece of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, The Cascades at Glen Helen is a scenic plunge waterfall on Birch Creek, a tributary of Yellow Springs Creek. Also in the park is Grotto Falls, which spills over a small cave large enough to fit several people in. Adjacent to the park is John Bryan State Park, considered by many to be Western Ohio’s most beautiful state park. The park encompasses the narrow and rugged gorge of the Little Miami River, which is not much wider than 10 feet at some points!
Getting to Glen Helen Falls
Begin at the park’s main lot on Corry Street and take the Innman Trail out of the lot and take it over Yellow Springs Creek. Past the creek the Innman Trail splits into a loop, take a right here then take a left right before Birch Creek to stay on the Innman Trail. Follow Birch Creek upstream until it reaches the Cascades. If you continue on the Innman Loop Trail, you’ll pass Grotto Falls as well as the Yellow Springs. We’ve attached a map below if our directions have confused you in any way.
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