When the weekend arrives, sometimes you just need to get out of town for a bit and experience something new. A great way to do this is to spend time in nature, and what better way to do that than to do a little waterfall chasing? There are many parks, preserves, and other areas near Cincinnati that offer a natural escape, and a few include scenic waterfalls that add even more splendor to your experience. If you’d like to take a couple of days and have a little adventure, here’s the perfect itinerary to explore the best waterfalls near Cincinnati:

When the forecast calls for a beautiful weekend, plan an easy getaway with this weekend waterfall itinerary around Cincinnati. Have you explored these parks and waterfalls near Cincinnati before? Any others that would be easy to add to the weekend? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tag someone who would take this road trip with you!

And if you’d like to experience more of our region’s waterfalls, check out our previous article that features some truly superlative falls!

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What are some other beautiful waterfalls near Cincinnati?

If you want to expand your radius a bit to include Kentucky, you'll find two of the most amazing cascades in the country at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Cumberland Falls is one of Kentucky’s crown jewels; this incredible waterfall is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country. It’s referred to as the “Niagara Falls of the South,” and once you experience it for yourself, you’ll understand why. Within Cumberland Falls State Park, there’s a trail that leads to both Cumberland Falls *and* another incredible cascade, Eagle Falls. It’s one of the most picturesque hikes in Kentucky, and a must for all waterfall chasers in the Midwest.

What are some scenic hikes near Cincinnati?

One of our favorite scenic hikes near Cincinnati is at the beautiful Cincinnati Nature Center. This oft-overlooked gem is a treasure trove of scenic trails, complete with its very own, 65-acre old-growth forest, which you’ll find along the Upland Trail. At just 1.34-miles long, the Upland Trail makes for an accessible trek for hikers of all ages and abilities. It's well-marked and well-paved; however, there are a few areas with steps and rocky terrain, so be sure and wear proper shoes! This trail offers big payoffs with minimal effort. It meanders around the perimeter of Rowe Woods, showcasing the myriad ecosystems and wildlife of southwest Ohio. The star of the show — the wondrous old-growth forest — is one of only a dozen in the entire state. The opportunity to walk among ancient, real-life giants is something you shouldn’t pass up. And there are even several spots with benches where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Southwest Ohio.