Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: April 26, 2023
We hiked this trail in the 700-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve which has 20 miles of trails. It is the largest private nature preserve in the area and was named a National Natural Landmark in 1965. The 1.3-mile trail descended stone steps to a wooden boardwalk that crossed Yellow Springs Creek. A large beaver dam was just off the boardwalk. The unique creek looked like an elevated, shallow swamp or backwater. A little way up the trail on the right was Pompey’s Pillar, a dark rock projecting up out of the forest. Farther along we passed a wooden bridge over the creek opposite a small cave. The trail turned right and ascended a ridge. Rosie posed by The Yellow Springs, a small spring that looked yellow in color. Farther up the ridge on the right was a small Hopewell Indian Mound. On the other side of the ridge, we saw Birch Creek below and descended a slope to see The Cascades, a small but beautiful waterfall. A wooden bridge crossed the waterfall and creek where from above you could see that the waterfall carved a large travertine bowl around its pool. Lots of plants and colorful wildflowers grew along the trail. We followed the trail back around to our starting point.