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Yellow Springs, Ohio is an eclectic village of 3,800 known for recreational attractions, unique shops, gourmet restaurants, lively arts and healthful living. The community is culturally diverse, values self-expression and prides itself on being open, friendly and creative. Recently Yellow Springs was named one of the Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine and one of Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Towns”.
The area - and more specifically, the Yellow Spring - was discovered around 1800 and quickly became a major attraction for those seeking its "curative" waters. For more than 100 years the town was a popular attraction with hotels, spas, boarding houses and a tavern to serve travelers on the nearby stagecoach road. With the completion of the Little Miami Railroad in 1846, Yellow Springs became the center of trade and recreation for the region.
The spring, which gives our town its name, still exists but the railroad has been converted into miles of biking trails. The Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail runs through the heart of Yellow Springs. The natural beauty of the 1,000-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve features 25-miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, a Raptor Center, a museum and a nature shop. Additional hiking and camping opportunities are nearby at John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge.
Today visitors flock to Yellow Springs for shopping, dining, recreation and to enjoy a variety of events. The downtown offers a rich and rare assortment of shops and restaurants as well as live music and theater, a chamber music series, interesting galleries and a first-run art-film movie theater. Rich visual and performing arts abound in this vibrant community of artists.
In Yellow Springs, you are far from the crowds and retail chains of the malls. The vibrant streets and window-boxed storefronts invite you to explore. Here you will find health foods, herbs, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, stained glass, toys, art of all kinds, books, bicycles, imported clothing and delight in a variety of dining choices.
Yellow Springs is an authentic small town with activities to fill a variety of interests. To enjoy it all, spend the night in one of our delightful B&B’s or in our vintage motor hotel. If you are bringing a group to Yellow Springs, please contact us in the early planning stage so that we may advise and assist you.
The Visitor's Center is located in the Train Station on the Little Miami Scenic Trail in downtown Yellow Springs.
(Community Information Courtesy of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce)