You Can See 5 Waterfalls In Just One Day Of Hiking In Ohio
Waterfalls were meant to be chased and Ohio was meant to be explored. The good news is that you’ll find an endless array of effortless adventure along some surprisingly easy waterfall hikes in Ohio.
If you’ve yet to hike the Old Man’s Cave trails at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, you’re truly missing out. It’s arguably the most beautiful hiking trail in Ohio—and it will make you feel like you’re temporarily living in a Lord of the Rings film. Plan a day (or weekend) trip to this stunning park and hike to 5 waterfalls in just one day. Factoring in the detours and stops you’ll make, the following trek should take around 2 -3 hours, depending on your pace.
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The largest and best waterfall in Ohio is Brandywine Falls. This magnificent natural landmark in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is among the most easily accessible waterfalls in Ohio, as a large staircase and boardwalk allow you to get up close and personal without the risk of muddying up your shoes. At over 60 feet tall, this monster waterfall dwarfs all others in the state. It trickles down over sandstone and shale, both of which are remnants of Ohio’s history as an ancient ocean many millions of years ago.
What are the best waterfall hikes in Ohio?
The Buckeye State is full of surprises, and this is especially true when it comes to waterfalls. Sure, our waterworks are nothing like Niagara Falls, but even our most modest trickles can make a waterfall day trip in Ohio all the more enchanting. Of course, hiking to any waterfalls in Hocking Hills is endlessly rewarding. Equally rewarding are the hikes through Ohio’s only national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Are there any waterfalls in Ohio I can see without hiking?
There are many incredible waterfalls here in The Buckeye State that can be viewed without a long trek! Mill Creek Falls in Cleveland is a treat, and it is a wonder that was made by man. The center of Chagrin Falls is literally a waterfall, and Lanternman’s Falls in Youngstown is worth visiting, too. These are just a handful of our plentiful easy-to-access waterfalls. No matter which you visit, you will find yourself in for a visual treat. Make sure to bring a camera with you when you plan your visit!
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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