Yellow Springs

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


Antioch Hall, Antioch College
Yellow Springs in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve

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. Legend has it that if you drink from the spring you will always return.

In the conservative stronghold of Southwest Ohio not far from a major air force base, Yellow Springs has the reputation for being an island of left-wing activism supported by its small liberal arts school, Antioch College. Some locals go as far as to call it the Berkeley of Ohio. When school is in session people watching is an interesting event given the personalities this college attracts.

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 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.

Get in

By car

Yellow Springs is 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. Columbus is serviced by Port Columbus International Airport. Rental cars are available at both locations.

By bus

The Greyhound bus stops in nearby Springfield, about 15 minutes from Yellow Springs.

By bicycle

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 which also houses public restrooms.

Get around

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 available at the Village Cyclery 110 Dayton St. +1 937 767-9330. 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.


You will find something enjoyable for the whole family.


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


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.


Yellow Springs has a plethora of independent shops and artisans.


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



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

Go next

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.

Routes through Yellow Springs

Findlay Springfield  N  S  Xenia Wilmington

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