You don’t always have to hike really far to find a hidden gem in Ohio.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio is home to a breathtaking 65-foot waterfall that flows from Brandywine Creek. Known as Brandywine Falls, these easily accessible, beautiful falls are a popular highlight within the park. There are multiple trails you can hike around the falls and different ways to access them, which make it arguably the best easy hike in Ohio.

If you’d rather not take the 1.75-mile hike to the falls, you can drive to the upper and lower boardwalks, which are located just off of Brandywine Road. (A boardwalk option without stairs is also available.) Address: 8176 Brandywine Road, Northfield, OH 44067

To see the falls in action, view the video below:

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Best Easy Hike In Ohio

What are the best hiking trails in Ohio?

It’s difficult to determine the best hiking trails in Ohio. Some of the best easy hikes in Ohio are hiding in metro parks, such as the trails at Oak Openings Preserve in Swanton. Hocking Hills State Park in Logan features some of Ohio’s most scenic trails with caves, waterfalls, gorges, and swinging bridges. The Ledges Trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula is another must-do hike. Other state parks with stunning trails include Caesar Creek State Park, Salt Fork State Park, Beaver Creek State Park, and Mohican State Park. 

Does Ohio have any backpacking trails?

Yes, Ohio features several backpacking trails in state parks, state forests, national forests and even metro parks. Some of the most popular backpacking trails in Ohio can be found in Wayne National Forest. Additionally, the Buckeye Trail spans the entire state, giving hikers a variety of scenery to explore. For more trail suggestions and information about backpacking in Ohio, click here

What are the best waterfall hikes in Ohio?

It’s easily argued that the best waterfall hike in Ohio might just be the trek to Brandywine Falls, because it features one of the tallest waterfalls in Ohio. Cuyahoga Valley National park features other picturesque falls as well, such as Blue Hen Falls. If you want to see multiple waterfalls in one hike, we recommend taking the Old Man’s Cave Loop at Hocking Hills State Park. 

What is the best time of year to go hiking in Ohio?

Year-round, Ohio’s hiking trails are beautiful. The best time to hike waterfall trails in Ohio is during the spring season after heavy rainfall, as the waterfalls will flow powerfully. Overlook trails in Ohio are especially beautiful to take in the fall time with colorful foliage. Of course, summer is a great season to go hiking in Ohio as well, especially if you plan to backpack and pitch a tent. 

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