“calling all nature enthusiasts”
Glen Helen is the legacy of alumnus Hugh Taylor Birch, who, in 1929, donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen. With this gift, the College accepted the responsibility of preserving the land in perpetuity. Additional gifts expanded the preserve, which now encompasses 1000 acres, all accessible from a 25-mile network of footpaths. Today, that mission is carried forward by Antioch College through the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, which manages the land and coordinates the educational programs of “The Glen.” On even a short walk, visitors can view spectacular wildflowers, 400 year-old trees, limestone cliffs with waterfalls and overhangs, and the beautiful yellow spring for which the town is named.The Glen is an integral part of the legacy of the College and will be an important resource for the development of its curriculum. For Antiochians, the identity of the College and Glen Helen are inseparable. For nature enthusiasts, the glen is a valuable resource for hiking, birding, and exploration.
This is a wonderful park! Perfect for a day out with the kids. Sitting by the Yellow Spring is quite peaceful, and the creek that runs through the ravine is perfect to teach little kids about the wonders within - Crawdads and Minnows!!
It’s pretty but the trails are not marked at all. Not even a little. You get a map that isn’t great, not everything is clearly marked on it. I wasn’t keeping a good sense of direction when I started, assuming trails would be marked, and wound up far from where I wanted to be. If you visit, be aware of aware you are and brush up on your map stuff.
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Glen Helen Nature Preserve
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