Yellow Springs, Ohio


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

5 Votes - "Most Fun"


Yellow Springs is a community so small and unified, everyone’s a neighbor. The town embraces the arts with music, galleries, murals, and yarn bombing. The shops and restaurants are by definition unique as chain businesses are forbidden.

Other than art, festivals are the name of the game in Yellow Springs. The Yellow Springs Street Fair is a popular attraction, which features over 200 booths selling fine arts and crafts, jewelry, fair trade items, an international selection of cuisines and more. Street performers and musicians keep visitors entertained all day. Locals gather for fun at the weekly Friday Fling with live music, food, dancing, and face painting.

The town is family-friendly when it comes to outdoorsy activities. There are lots of places to go hiking, biking, or canoeing. The Glen Helen Nature Preserve attracts many visitors with its waterfalls, limestone cliffs, woodlands and the Yellow Spring. It also boasts 25 miles of hiking trails which are open all year. For the more adventurous, you can rock climb at the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.

TravelingJules and TravelingJoan determined, “Yellow Springs is a place to be who you are. Their focus is on the arts, but what they’re really about is the art of living.”

Yellow Springs is a fun town filled with highly educated people, artists, activists, and small business owners. This gives it a wonderfully rich mix of people.
Reviewed by kori
on September 17, 2012
Yellow Springs is a bohemian getaway in the middle of white bread Ohio. We moved to Ohio from NJ and were looking for diversity, unique boutiques, hiking & great organic food... we found this in Yellow Springs. Everyone says hello on the streets. There is great organic food choices; Winds Cafe, Ha Ha Pizza (whole wheat crust only & toppings like falafel and tofu) & Sunrise Cafe to name a few. The green lifestyle is part of this towns everyday life and is a magical place to visit.
Reviewed by LaurieWilliamson
on September 17, 2012
a cultural and spiritual oasis tucked between the corn fields of ohio.
Reviewed by rainiac72
on September 17, 2012
Love this art town! Glen Helen is a great place to escape the day
Reviewed by Huber
on September 17, 2012
It's a little oasis of alternative culture a pretty conservative area. There's great food, interesting shops, excellent hiking and biking, just about the best ice cream anywhere, and wonderful people watching.
Reviewed by groveperson
on September 17, 2012
Showing 6 through 10 of 76 reviews



Add a Photo

You must be logged in to add photos.

Write a Review

Close ×

Vote for

You can only vote once for each town every 24 hours. You can vote again in

Vote for 2013 Best Small Town


Are you a DMO or CVB?
Explore "Best Town Travels" – Rand McNally’s new map-based digital travel guides for your website plus an iPhone and Facebook app! Learn More


Thank you for Voting!

Promote , by sharing your vote or writing a review.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter or Write a Review