Here in Ohio, you don’t necessarily have to travel off the beaten path to a secluded location or state park to find a waterfall. Throughout northeast and central Ohio, there are actually several urban waterfalls. Some are in plain sight of town passerby, while others are tucked within hidden gorges close by in urban parks. The following eight waterfalls might just be closer to you than you think.
1. Chagrin Falls (Chagrin Falls)
Perhaps one of the most well known and easily accessible waterfalls on this list is Chagrin Falls, located in Chagrin Falls. This charming town is actually named after the falls of the Chagrin River. Chagrin Falls flows in the heart of the town, which was established in 1845.
2. Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek (Bedford)
These charming 15-ft. high and 80-ft. wide falls are located in Bedford's Viaduct Park. The creek flows through a sizable man-made tunnel, called "The Arch."
3. Mill Creek Falls (Cleveland)
Within the city limits of Cleveland you'll find this beautiful waterfall, (also called Cataract Falls of Mill Creek,) off of Warner Rd. If you're feeling up for a walk, you can also park at Garfield Park Reservation and walk about 1.5 miles to the falls.
4. East Falls (Elyria)
Within Cascade Park close to downtown Elyria, impressive waterfalls flow from both the East Branch and West Branch of the the Black River. You can view the East Falls from an observation deck above or hike down the trail to the gorge for a closer look.
5. West Falls (Elyria)
Located approximately a mile from East Falls, a trail between the two waterfalls will lead you to West Falls if you're up for the walk.
6. Lanterman's Mill Falls (Youngstown)
You can find this enchanting waterfall on the outskirts of Youngstown, right off of U.S. 62. The waterfall and mill is within Youngstown's Mill Creek Park, the second largest metropark in the U.S. (after Central Park in New York City), and it's a true gem amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
7. Hayden Falls (Dublin)
Within the heart of the state, Hayden Falls is hidden in a suburb of Columbus and is becoming increasingly popular among locals.
8. Indian Run Falls (Dublin)
Less than 10 minutes from Hayden Falls you'll find this enchanting urban waterfall, also located in Dublin.
Did you know about all of these? How many have you seen? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!