Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve

Located at 2710 Dayton-Springfield Road, Springfield, Ohio 45506
Mad River Gorge Google Locator Map



The Clark County Park District’s latest acquisition is a big win for rock climbing enthusiasts in the region, as it is Ohio’s largest natural rock-climbing area.

The cliffs – about 45-50 feet at their highest point – have been on private land for decades but the Park District recently purchased the first of several acquisitions of land with the help of a $800,000 grant from the state’s Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. Clean up and development of this new nature preserve is a collaboration with the Ohio Climbers Coalition and The Access Fund. The attraction is available to climb at your own risk, at no cost. In addition to climbing, there are hiking trails, limited water access to the Mad River, and serene nature trails.


For a history of this new nature preserve, check out the booklet developed for the Grand Opening on May 21, 2017 MRG Grand Opening Booklet

Join us! There are many volunteer opportunities to help with the on-going clean-up of this park. For  information regarding how you can help, please call the Clark County Park District at 937-882-6000 or email us at If you are interested in helping with the major cleanup and trail building days, please contact the Ohio Climbers Coalition at, and follow us on Facebook.




Over 60 organizations came together to make this reserve possible!
The Access Fund, A.G. Samuelsson, American Alpine Institute, American Alpine Club, Ashland, Black Diamond, Butora Climbing, CamelBak, C.A.M.P., Capstone Wilderness Guides, Clark County Combined Health District, Clark County Solid Waste District, Clif, Clintonville Outfitters, ECO, Entre-Prises, Evolv, Friends of the Clark County Park District, Great Miami Outfitters, Greater Springfield Chamber & CVB, GSI Outdoors, Hertzler House Museum Advisory Committee, Home City Tent and Awning, Huffman Tree Company LLC, Jeep, Klean Kanteen, La Sportiva, Liberty Mountain, Madden Building, Mad River Township Fire Department, Metolius, Misty Mountain, Moja Gear, Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, Mountain Hard Wear, Nate and Bear Chalk Bags, Ohio Climbers Coalition, Ohio Public Works Commission, Ohio Masonic Home, Osprey, Outdoor Research, Panera, Patagonia, PRIDE program, Red Bull, Reed Equipment, REI, Rock City Resort, Rock Mill Climbing Fitness Yoga, Scholl Surveying, LLC, Sender Films, Smith’s Roll Off Containers, Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, Springfield Conservancy District, Springfield Fire Department, Storts Sanitation/Mr. Clean, The Wright Cup, Thermarest, Trango,  TrekNetwork,Urban Krag Climbing Center, Vertical Adventures, Walter S. Quinlan Foundation, Yakima, 22 Days Nutrition