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Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve – Our Newest Park!

Grand Opening: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:00 Noon
2710 Dayton-Springfield Road
Springfield, Ohio 45506
Google Maps Locator for Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve

The Clark County Park District is excited to announce the opening of our newest preserve on Sunday, May 21. At 12:00 noon a ribbon cutting, followed by climbing demonstrations, guided nature walks, yoga, slacklining, and other fun activities can be enjoyed by all. We invite everyone to come and explore the newest addition to our Park District!

Adopt a Crag!

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Join us for our  “Adopt a Crag” event on Saturday, May 20. Volunteers working in small groups will help remove trash from the natural area, build trails and steps, and help develop the climbing areas on the natural rock cliffs, extending up to 40-50 feet high in some places. The Access Fund and Ohio Climbers Coalition are partnering with the Park District to develop this exciting new natural area.

  • To register, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433601000272527/.
  • Volunteers 18+ are invited to help get the property ready and be one of the first to see this exciting natural area.
  • Camping within walking distance to the Gorge is available at Rock City Resort, 756 Hilliard Street, Springfield, Ohio 45506. Primitive: $15/night & Electric Sites: $30/night. Call 937-591-1556 to reserve a spot. Camping is also available at nearby Buck Creek State Park and John Bryan State Park. Parking is limited at the Gorge so carpooling is recommended!
  • Free breakfast is available both Saturday and Sunday. Food trucks will have food for purchase for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. A Saturday evening Mexican buffet dinner and craft beer party will take place at Rock City Resort. The price is  $10/person and tickets may be purchased at site registration. Vegetarian options are available.
  • Bring a lightweight backpack, water bottle,  heavy work gloves, safety goggles, pruning tools, 5 gallon buckets, and a 3-pronged garden rake, if you have one. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, long pants and hat.

 

Directions to Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve (Former Clearview Mobile Home Park)

From the west

Take I-70 east to OH-4

Keep right at the fork to continue onto OH-4 east toward Enon/Springfield

Take first exit and turn right onto Enon Road

At traffic light, turn left onto Dayton-Springfield Road/E Main Street

Turn left into Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve (approximately 4.6 miles)

 

From the east

Take I-70 west to OH-68 north

Take exit for OH-4 west to Lower Valley Pike

Take Lower Valley Pike exit from OH-4; cross under OH-4

Turn left onto Old Mill Road

Turn left onto Dayton-Springfield Road

Turn left into Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve (approximately 1 mile)

 

Directions to Rock City Resort  (Former Bass Lake Campground)

From the west

Take I-70 east to OH-4

Keep right at the fork to continue on OH-4 east toward Enon/Springfield

Take second exit toward Lower Valley Pike/OH-369

Turn left onto Lower Valley Pike

Turn right onto Old Mill Road

Turn left onto Wendover St just past the railroad tracks

Turn left onto Hilliard St

 

From the east

Take I-70 west to OH-68 north

Take exit for OH-4 west to Lower Valley Pike

Take Lower Valley Pike exit from OH-4; cross under OH-4

Turn left onto Old Mill Road

Turn left onto Wendover St just past the railroad tracks

Turn left onto Hilliard St

 

We would like to thank our Sponsors!

The Access Fund, A.G. Samuelsson, American Alpine Institute, The American Alpine Club, Ashland, Black Diamond, Butora Climbing, C.A.M.P., Capstone Wilderness Guides, Clif, Clintonville Outfitters, Entre-Prises, Evolv, Grainger, Great Miami Outfitters, GSI Outdoors, Home City Tent and Awning, Huffman Tree Company LLC, Infuse Organics, Jeep, Klean Kanteen, La Sportiva, Liberty Mountain, Madden Building, Metolius, Misty Mountain, Moja Gear, Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, Mountain Hard Wear, Nate and Bear Chalk Bags, Osprey, Outdoor Research, Panera, Patagonia, Red Bull, REI, Rock Candy Holds, Rock Mill, Scholl Surveying, LLC, Sender Films, Smith’s Roll Off Containers, Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, Storts Sanitation/Mr. Clean, Thermarest, The Wright Cup, Thermarest, Trango, Trek Network, 22 Days Nutrition, Urban Krag Climbing Center,  Vertical Adventures, and Yakima.

Our Partners Include:

Ohio Public Works Commission Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, Ohio Climbers Coalition, The Access Fund, Clark County Combined Health District, Clark County Solid Waste District, Clark County Sheriff’s Department PRIDE program, Eco Sports Corridor, Friends of Clark County Park District, Hertzler House Advisory Committee, Mad River Township Fire Department, National Trail Parks & Recreation District,  Ohio Masonic Home, Rock City Resort, Springfield Conservancy District,  Springfield Township Fire Department, Visit Greater Springfield, and Walter S. Quinlan Foundation.