Cleveland March 19, 2019
The Hike Near Cleveland That Takes You To Not One, But TWO Insanely Beautiful Waterfalls
There’s nothing quite as enchanting as waterfalls. Fortunately for locals, Greater Cleveland is full of these striking natural features. The Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are well-known waterfall hotspots, but nearby Lorain County Metro Parks hides a few beauties, too. In fact, one of the loveliest hikes in the Lorain County district connects two lovely waterfalls via one trail. A picture is worth a thousand words, but photos don’t quite do this enchanting park justice – you have to visit for yourself!
Lace up your hiking boots, because we're about to explore Cascade Park in Elyria.
Cascade Park is owned by the City of Elyria and has been for more than a century, enchanting visitors with its awe-inspiring charms.
This gorgeous 135-acre park has been operated by the Lorain County Metro Parks since 2014, and its beauty is astonishing.
Striking sandstone formations, creeks and tributaries, and a rushing river with two stunning waterfalls... it's almost too much to believe!
Within its campus, you’ll discover the East Falls...
...And the West Falls.
This pair of waterfalls are about a mile apart and are connected via a trail that will take you through a breathtaking gorge.
The falls are connected to the East and West Branches of the Black River. Its power is mesmerizing, and the evidence of it is written on the walls of the amazing gorge you'll travel through.
While the falls are not always roaring with the might of recent rains, they're a treat to visit in any season.
Following the melting of winter snows and heavy rainstorms, these falls are truly a sight to see. In the driest months of the summer, however, they can be a gentle and peaceful trickle in comparison.
Wintertime is just as magical. The frozen falls are truly unique and entrance visitors with naturally-formed ice sculptures.
Both branches of the Black River drain a watershed of more than 400 square miles, and the strength of its flow have carved away at the surrounding sandstone.
The gorges in this park are an urban wonder. They've been shaped since the glaciers of the last ice age began melting, and Bedford shale (a remnant of Ohio's days as an ancient ocean) abounds in the area.
Cascade Park is home to an interesting geological and man-made history that'll capture your imagination.
Evidence of indigenous culture has been uncovered all around the Black River. A young man named James Smith was captured by a Native American tribe and spent the winter in the area in 1755. Cascade Park first opened to the public over a century later in 1894.
The opportunity to see two waterfalls in just one trip makes this hike one of Greater Cleveland's finest.
This park is doubtlessly one of the loveliest in the entire region. Which local waterfall is your favorite?
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