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Yellow Springs is a village in Southwestern Ohio. It is home to Antioch College.


The Village of Yellow Springs was founded in 1825. It was named for a natural spring rich in iron ore located in The Glen Helen [12]. Legend has it that if you drink from the spring you will always return.

The Village offers some of the best dining in the Dayton area, along with several artisan groups and a downtown bustling with side-walk shops. All of this lies a short distance from Ohio's best natural area, including John Bryan State Park [13] and Glen Helen.

The Village can get quite congested on warm-weathered weekends, but nearly all of its attractions are open during weekdays, which offer less in the way of crowds. As of the 2000 census the population was 3,761.


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Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Yellow Springs is located on route 68, just 7 1/2 miles south of route I-70. It is approximately a half hour drive from Dayton, and a one hour drive from Columbus. Dayton is serviced by the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport [14]. Columbus is serviced by Port Columbus International Airport [15]. Rental cars are available at both locations.

By bus[edit]

The Greyhound bus stops in nearby Springfield, about 15 minutes from Yellow Springs. Yellow Springs is also served by the Greene County CATS bus service via the "Yellow line," which connects Yellow Springs to Fairborn (to the West) and Xenia (to the South) on weekdays, between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.[16] From Xenia, a connection is available to Dayton via the Dayton connector Red Line.[17] In Fairborn, connections are available to the campus of Wright State University.[18]

By bicycle[edit]

Yellow Springs is accessible by the excellent system of bicycle trails thanks to Ohio's Rails to Trails program. A 10 mile ride south on the trail will lead to Xenia. Parking and access to the trail, are available at the Chamber of Commerce [19] which also houses public restrooms.

Get around[edit]

Yellow Springs is 1.9 square miles. The downtown area is easily walkable. It is relatively flat and a great town to get around by foot or on a bike. Bike rentals are seasonably available at The Corner Cone. If you want to visit any of the attractions outside of the town you will need a car. Yellow Springs has no public transportation system, though it is now served by the Greene County CATS bus service.

See[edit][add listing]


You will find something enjoyable for the whole family.

  • The Little Art Theater [20]. Intimate theater showing a savvy mix of mainstream and independent films.
  • Young's Jersey Dairy [21] is located one mile north of Yellow Springs. Young's offers miniature golf, batting cages, a driving range and a petting zoo. The Golden Jersey Inn serves "home-style country cooked meals", handmade ice cream and gelato.
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force [22]. Located in nearby Fairborn, the museum boasts 400 aerospace vehicles, as well as an abundance of historical items. Admission to the museum is free, however there is a fee for the Imax theater.
  • Clifton Mill [23], built in 1802 is one of the largest water powered grist mills. Here you can tour the mill, visit the 1940's Gas Station Museum and even cross the Little Miami River on a ninety foot covered bridge.

Do[edit][add listing]

There are lots of outdoor activities in and around Yellow Springs.

  • In Glen Helen there is a Raptor Center [24] dedicated to the rehabilitation of birds of prey. You can see some of the permanently disabled birds in outdoor cages, and there are flight cages for birds who are recovering.
  • Clifton Gorge [25] is a two hundred and sixty eight acre State Nature Preserve adjoining the nearby Village of Clifton. It has many geological and botanical features. Great for hiking.
  • John Bryan State Park [26] is located just a few minutes outside Yellow Springs and is adjacent to Clifton Gorge. The park offers camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing and repelling.
  • Little Miami Scenic Trail [27] is a linear park with 72 paved miles for biking, jogging, roller blading, or walking.


The Yellow Springs Street fair happens twice a year. On the second Saturdays of June and October the main streets in town are closed for vendors, live music and international cuisine.


Buy[edit][add listing]

Yellow Springs has a plethora of independent shops and artisans.

  • Bonadies Glasstudio, [1].  edit
  • Dark Star Books and Comics, 237 Xenia Ave, 937-767-9400, [2]. New & used books, collectibles  edit
  • Mr. Fub's Party, [3].  edit
  • No Common Scents, [4]. The largest selection of Herbs, Spices, Teas and Essential Oils in the area.  edit
  • Rita Caz, 224 Xenia Ave. (King's Yard), [5]. Jewelry and musical instrument sales & repair.  edit
  • Sam & Eddie's Open Books and the Eddie Eckenrode Gallery, 224 Xenia Ave. (King's Yard), 937-767-1966, [6]. Open daily from 11 to 6. A Gallery Store for Readers and Writers, specializing in books, cards, gifts, music, and art. Formerly on the south side of the Tavern, now in a new, improved location on the north side of the Tavern, in Kings Yard.  edit
  • Winds Wine Cellar and Bakery, [7].  edit
  • Downing's Do-It Best Hardware, 254 Xenia Ave, 937-767-7451. Paint, hardware, pet supplies, housewares  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]


Yellow Springs offers many dining options with something to please every palate.

  • Bentinos Pizza, 107 1/2 Xenia Avenue 937-767-2500. Regional chain serving pizza, salads, pasta, calzones and wings. Delivery available.
  • Corner Cone Dairy Bar and Grill [28]. Soft serve ice-cream, burgers, fries and shakes. Outside seating only. Open seasonally (including Fri/Sat/Sun in winter).
  • Current Cuisine [29] Delicatessen and bakery with indoor and outdoor tables. Catering available.
  • Dino's Cappuccino's, 225 Xenia Ave. 937-767-3466. A cozy, independent espresso bar with coffee and tea drinks and pastries.
  • Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe [30]. Fresh bread, croissants, sandwiches, coffee and newspapers. Breakfast is served Tuesday through Sunday until 11:30 AM.
  • HA HA Pizza, 108 Xenia Ave. 937-767-2131. An independent restaurant serving pizza, subs and calzone with a well stocked salad bar. Vegetarian entrees. Delivery available.
  • Peach's Grill [31]. Live music in the evenings. A great selection of sandwiches, wraps and Mexican entrees. Beer, wine and spirits
  • Subway, 107 Xenia Ave 937-767-7821. Chain store, sub sandwiches.
  • Sunrise Cafe [32]. Lovingly prepared food using local and organic ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan entrees. Wine list.
  • Ye Old Trail Tavern [33]. Serving cold beer and great bar food in an 1844 log cabin, the original structure was once a stop on the underground railroad.
  • Winds Cafe and Bakery [34]. Fine dining with an extensive wine list, on premises bakery and homemade desserts, espresso and mixed drinks. Menu changes monthly. Special events include the Annual Garlic Dinner.
  • Williams Eatery & Gathering Place, 101 A Corry St., (937) 319-6154. Peruvian and American cuisine in a family friendly setting.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Dayton Street Gulch, 128 Dayton St., 937-767-9027, [8]. This hometown favorite dive draws an eclectic crowd. Pool table.  edit
  • Peach's Grill, 104 Xenia Ave., [9]. Features live music, domestic and imported beers on tap and good bar food.  edit
  • Ye Olde Trail Tavern, 228 Xenia Ave., 937-767-7448, [10]. Over forty beers and wines to choose from. Enjoy one in front of the fireplace, in the solarium or out on the deck.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


There are many comfortable and unique places to stay in Yellow Springs

  • Arthur Morgan House Bed and Breakfast [35].
  • Elizabeth's Overnight [36].
  • Grinnell Mill Bed & Breakfast, [37].
  • The Springs Motel, [38].
  • Yellow Springs Country Bed and Breakfast, [39].
  • YS Chalet, 115 W. Whiteman St. 937.767.9856/937.776.6624.
  • Jail House Suites, 111 N. Winter St (one block from downtown), 937-626-2227, [11]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 10AM. Fully renovated historic town jail offers a contempory private suite for short term stays. 75-110.  edit

Get out[edit]

The cities of Columbus and Cincinnati are each about an hour's drive from Yellow Springs if you are looking for a more urban setting.

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