Cincinnati June 19, 2017
These 7 Breathtaking Waterfalls Are Hiding Near Cincinnati
Something about chasing waterfalls is universally magical and exciting. Within Cincinnati, there are actually a few spots where you can view these stunning cascades — and there are even more options if you travel a bit away from the city. All of them provide an oasis for escaping everyday life and reconnecting with nature.
1. Krohn Conservatory - 1501 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45202
The closest waterfall to downtown might be manmade, but it's still worth a visit. Located within the lovely, iconic Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, this waterfall is hidden in a rainforest setting with an alluring cave tucked behind it. It's a great escape only minutes from downtown.
2. Ludlow Falls - 110 Covington Ave. Ludlow Falls, Ohio 45339
A little over an hour drive to the small town of Ludlow Falls will bring you to a surprising 15 feet tall falls. Located near the town's post office, under a bridge, it's easy to access and a relaxing stop if you're in the area.
3. Charleston Falls - 2535 Ross Rd. Tipp City, Ohio 45371
Not far from Ludlow Falls is picturesque Charleston Falls Preserve, home of a 37 ft. waterfall. The area is great for hiking and a picnic and the viewing area is perfect for relaxing.
4. Fallsville Falls - Intersection of Careytown Rd / TR-432 New Vienna, OH
About an hour northeast of Cincinnati is a hidden gem: Fallsville Wildlife Area. The address listed above will take you to the parking area and then you simply follow a gravel dirt road down into the woods and along a path until you hear the crashing water. The waterfall is a gorgeous feature in a naturally rustic area of Ohio.
5. Greenville Falls - 9140 Covington–Gettysburg Rd. Covington, Ohio 45318
The furthest trek from Cincinnati, north of Dayton in Greenville, is the Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area. Here, you'll find a unique cascading falls with plenty of great viewing spots. It's a beautiful area that is worth a day trip to explore.
6. Clifton Gorge - 2331 State Route 343 Yellow Springs, OH 45387
The Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve offers many opportunities to see a variety of waterfalls, splashing into the gorge. Especially after a big rainfall, the trails are full of activity and a wonderful escape into nature, fairly close to Cincinnati.
7. Sharon Woods - 11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, OH 45241
If you want to stay close to home, but still want the opportunity to chase a waterfall, head to Sharon Woods. There are actually three cascading falls along the park's Gorge Trail and as you walk along the path viewing these natural wonders, you'll forget how close you are to the bustle of Cincinnati.
How many of these waterfalls have you seen? Did we miss your favorite near Cincinnati? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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