Clifton Mill is one of the largest water-powered grist mills still in existence. You can see the mill working, taking water from the Little Miami River and converting it to power to activate the stones to grind grain into flour. The town of Clifton is 3.5 miles east of Yellow Springs.
Visit Historic Clifton Mill
Clifton Mill was originally one of six mills in Clifton, the original mill was built in 1802 by Owen Davis and his son-in-law General Benjamin Whiteman.
There were two grist mills, a woolen mill, a sawmill, a paper mill and a barrel mill. They also built a distillery and the village became known as Davis Mills.
All six mills were powered by the Little Miami River, and Clifton Mill is the only one still standing – and working.
The present building was built in 1869. In 1948 it was abandoned.
Robert Heller, on a hike in 1962 discovered the old mill and set about placing it on the path to restoration.
In 1987 the Satariano family purchased the mill, and own and manage it to this day.
Clifton Mills Falls
Clifton Mill Falls is a double waterfall that flows out of Clifton Mill into the Little Miami River.
The height of the falls is 20 feet with a moderate to high water flow level.
What To Do At Clifton Mill
On a visit, you can see the mill operate, converting water into energy to power the grinding stones.
The Clifton Mill Restaurant serves home-style cooking, including their signature Clifton Mill Pancake Mixes. The menu is seasonal, and they bake their homemade pies and cookies daily.
The atmosphere of the Clifton Mill Restaurant will transport you back in time, while you sit, listening to the mill wheel turning and hearing the water cascading over the falls – while you look out over the Little Miami River’s beautiful natural views.
Be warned, however… at busy times there can be a long wait for a table!
The gift shop is also worth checking out, you can enjoy the feel of an old-fashioned general store.
Their own Pancake Mixes are available for purchase, in varieties such as Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Buttermilk, and even a Gluten-Free Buttermilk variety.
You will also find jams, jellies, candles, cards, candy, and unique gift ideas, among other things.
Events at Clifton Mill
Throughout the year, there are various events, such as Carriage Rides, an annual Car Show, Bourbon Tasting, a Vintage Motorcycle Show, and more.
Christmas is quite something else here, 4 million lights adorn the Mill and the waterfall. For more information, our Clifton Mill Christmas Lights article has all you need to know!
Clifton Mill Quick Facts
- Opening times: Monday-Friday 9 am to 3 pm, Weekends – 8 am to 4 pm
- Parking is free
- There is a small entry fee
- Delightful restaurant serving homemade food
- Gift Shop
- Events throughout the year
We stopped in for breakfast and really liked the food. The omelette bowl is really good. The sausage gravy and bacon gravy are very good. The pancakes are huge!Jenn200103 (TripAdvisor)
It was neat to sit by the window and look out at the mill and the water.
They have a small store connected to the restaurant that is nice to browse.
Parking is on the street across from the restaurant, or there are a couple of parking spots by the restaurant.
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips!
This is a beautiful place to visit year-round. It is also a great restaurant to eat at, so plan your visit around lunchtime!
Where is Clifton Mill Located?
Let’s Go To Clifton Mill
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