A visit to Historic Downtown Tipp City and Charleston Falls Preserve
By Heather Rader

A visit to Historic Downtown Tipp City and Charleston Falls Preserve

Located in southwestern Ohio, just north of Dayton is the charming Historic Downtown Tipp City. Within a 10-minute drive from Tipp City through picturesque Miami County, is the Charleston Falls Preserve. With the unspoiled charms of small-town Americana and the rustic Ohio landscape, a trip to Historic Downtown Tipp City and Charleston Falls Preserve makes for the perfect Ohio day!

Tipp City is located in Miami County, north of Dayton. Historic Downtown Tipp City was founded in 1840 along the banks of the Miami-Erie Canal. Originally named Tippecanoe, which was derived by the presidential campaign slogan of William Henry Harrison, “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.” Eventually, citizens added the “city” to the town’s name, and in 1938 the town’s name was legally changed to Tipp City.

With buildings originating from the 1830’s (the Tipp Roller Mill was built in 1839 and is still in the original spot!) the historic district delights visitors. The charming historic downtown houses small, locally owned businesses in beautifully restored buildings. Take a stroll down the main street to find quaint home décor and antique shops, art galleries, a bookstore, the Tipp City Public Library, the Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum, clothing boutiques, a toy shop, bakeries, coffee shops, and local restaurants (no chain stores on the main street, the perfect town to shop local!). Every business greets visitors with a smile and friendly staff. Miami County Visitors Bureau’s slogan is “Home Grown Great”, and the small businesses of Tipp City certainly emulate that slogan! You won’t be disappointed by the small-town, Americana charm!

Charleston Falls Preserve is located just south of Tipp City (approximately a 10-minute drive). The more than 216 acres consists of natural landscapes such as prairies and forests, as well as more than four miles of hiking trails. While the hiking trails provide visitors with a wonderful walk through nature, the highlight of the Preserve is Charleston Falls is walking down into a gorge to view the beautiful Charleston Falls. Numerous layers of limestone tower above you with vibrant green moss delicately covering parts of the rock. After stepping down the wooden stairs, the stunning falls capture your attention, while the viewing platform allows visitors to get up close to this wonder of nature. The water from Charleston Falls originates from a natural underground spring a few miles away. After plummeting 37 feet over the rock cliff, the water continues to the Great Miami River (a tributary of the Ohio River). The strength of the falls depends on the amount of rainfall, during my latest visit, the falls were pretty weak, but a visit after a good rainfall or in the winter is spectacular (see the beauty of the falls in winter on Ohio Girl Travels). After viewing the falls, take the path over to the Charleston Falls Cave and explore the trails to find unique plant species throughout the park! Anytime of the year is perfect for viewing this stunning natural landscape in Miami County!


A visit to Historic Downtown Tipp City and the Charleston Falls Preserve, really is the perfect way to spend a day in southwestern Ohio! With wonderful natural landscapes, great locally owned small businesses, and an Americana charm, it certainly is Home. Grown. Great! With a welcoming familiarity of a small town, visitors are welcomed to Tipp City by friendly locals and the historic charm of a perfect Ohio city!



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