This Funky Little Town In Ohio Is A True Hidden Gem

Here in Ohio, we’ve got some really great small towns full of history and hidden gems. (Be sure to check out this small town.) There’s one funky little town, however, that truly stands out. There’s no other place in the world quite like Yellow Springs. Colorful cafes, shops, and benches line the streets. Nature, creativity, and art are priorities here. Here’s why you should visit this hidden gem of an Ohio town as soon as possible:

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For more hidden small towns in Ohio, check out our previous article: You’ll Never Run Out Of Things To Do In This Small Ohio Town.

Address: Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA
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Hidden Small Towns in Ohio

July 23, 2021

What is so special about Yellow Springs, Ohio?

Yellow Springs is one of those hidden small towns in Ohio that, once you discover, you’ll want to revisit again and again. It’s more than just the town’s attractions (though those are numerous) and scenic beauty (which it has tons of!); it’s the heart and soul of Yellow Springs. Yellow Springs is known for its open-minded residents, vibrant arts community, and commitment to harmony between people from all walks of life. In fact, this town was full of Civil Rights Movement leaders, and to this day it has the largest LGBTQ+ population of any Ohio village. It’s the people that make Yellow Springs so unique, fun, funky, and special.

What are some other hidden small towns in Ohio I should visit?

While Columbus gets a lot of the attention here in the Buckeye State, there are a few towns and neighborhoods around our state capital that are total hidden gems. Within Columbus, you’ll find the postcard-perfect German Village, known for its quaint coffee shops, cobblestone streets, winsome brick houses and shops, 32-room bookstore, beautiful Schiller Park, and Schmidt’s Sausage Haus (where you’ll find the best authentic German cuisine Ohio has to offer!). Roughly half an hour east of Columbus, Granville is a hidden gem of a town that’s about as charming as it gets. This college town has an abundance of small-town charm, beautiful scenery, and wonderful places to shop and dine. In fact, Granville’s food scene is particularly epic, and you could easily spend an entire weekend dining at its various cafes and eateries.

What are some of the most unique small towns in Ohio?

Here’s the thing: each and every one of Ohio’s towns is unique and noteworthy. Truly. This list features 14 of perhaps the most unique towns in Ohio, and is a great place to start your adventure through the Buckeye State! Some noteworthy little iconoclasts on that list include Oberlin, Loveland, Marietta, Tipp City, and Marblehead. Check them out, go on some day trips, and let us know what you think! Of course, if you have a unique small town in Ohio that you’d like to see features, please nominate them here!

Address: Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA