Rock-Climbing and rappelling have long been popular pursuits for Ohioans despite there being very few sites in west central Ohio that are open to the public for the sport. Since the late 1960s rock climbing was popular on the steep limestone cliffs that form the gorge for the Little Miami River. In 1992, designated rock climbing sites were identified in John Bryan State Park. These sites are available to the public. Equipment is not provided and all climbers are encouraged to use safe climbing practices. Top-rope climbing is permitted from dawn to dusk. Bouldering is prohibited.
Climbing is permitted only at designated sites. Each site is limited to a maximum of 10 people at a time.
Climbers must be top roped at all times. No Lead Climbing or Bouldering.
Secure to anchor bolts only. No tying to trees.
All climbing sites must be vacated at sunset. Climbers must check out before park closes 1/2 hours after sunset.
Practice Environmentally Conscious Climbing:
* Minimize trips to the top
* Do not top-out. Lower down instead
* Minimize the distances you travel from the cliff to avoid vegetation
* Leave the area cleaner than it was when you arrived