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Road Trip Inspiration: 5 Ohio Waterfalls to Visit this Year

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Waterfalls in Ohio? What? Yes, it’s true! This list will spark some road trip inspiration for your next Ohio adventure!

I say it over and over again! There is a lot to love about Ohio! One thing that might surprise you is that there are actually waterfalls in Ohio. Now, I’m not talking about Niagara Falls. But I am talking about little water falls that are hidden gems. You  might have to go just a little out of your way to find them, but they’re worth the trip!

Some of these waterfalls are part of a bigger destination. (Hocking Hills, for instance.) And some stand alone by themselves, waiting to be discovered just off the beaten path. 

Use this list as inspiration for your next Ohio road trip and check out one of these 5 Ohio waterfalls:

1. Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Address: 700 Shawan Falls Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Indian Run Falls is just a skip hop and a jump from historic downtown Dublin. A hidden little gem off the beaten path, this Ohio waterfall is nestled in a small park.

Take the Indian Run Falls Trail to the observation decks that overlook the Indian Run Falls. The entire area includes .8 miles of trails, 2 shelter houses, observation decks and a pedestrian bridge. 

These pictures were taken during a dry summer. The falls can definitely get larger than pictured here. Despite what you see in these pictures, creeking, swimming and jumping off the falls is technically not allowed here. 

A small parking lot is available.

boy in creek area of Indian Run Falls

2. Cascades at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Address: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387

The Cascades at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio

The Cascades are part of Glen Helen Nature Preserve, a nonprofit organization associated with Antioch College. In addition to the waterfall, there are several things to do and see within the preserve and there a few main trails to hike!

Take a good look at the map of Glen Helen and bring it with you! Don’t be tempted to park at the Raptor Center. Parking for hiking is not allowed there. The main entrance is on Corry St. and you can take the Inman Trail to the Cascades. The trail was made one way in 2020 so make sure to check the map for updates.

There are no trail markers on the path. Even though the trails are named and intersections are numbered on the map, there are no signs or numbers within the park so you have to pay close attention to where you are on the map!

Parking is available for $5 at the Corry St. entrance.

ohio waterfall in Glen Helen Nature Preserve

3. Upper Falls at Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Address: 19988 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138 

the Upper Falls in the Old Man's Cave Area in Hocking Hills State Park

The Upper Falls at Hocking Hills State Park is in the Old Man’s Cave area of the park. Take the Gorge Exit Trail (one way in 2020) from the Visitor Center and parking lot. You will cross over the bridge above the waterfall and then head down to the base of the falls. 

The Old Man’s Cave Area is beautiful no matter what the season, but fall is just breathtaking! The entire area is a moderate hike with lots of steps! Within this area you can also find the Lower Falls and Brocken Rock Falls to add to your list of Ohio waterfalls!

A large parking lot (and maps) are available at the Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center.

Waterfall in Ohio in Hocking Hills State Park

4. Chagrin Waterfalls in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Address: N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

The Chagrin Waterfalls in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

These beautiful Ohio waterfalls are located in downtown Chagrin Falls, an adorable little town outside of Cleveland. There are viewing areas and benches on both sides of the river for viewing this waterfall in downtown Chagrin Falls. You can also view them from Main Street Bridge. 

Chagrin Falls also offers local shopping, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, restaurants on the river and a great popcorn shop!

Parking is available around town.

Ohio Waterfall in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

5. Hayden Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Address: 4326 Hayden Run Rd., Dublin, OH 43017 

Hayden Falls in Dublin, Ohio

Hayden Falls is a 35 foot waterfall that is part of the waterways of the Scioto River in Dublin, Ohio. Follow the steps and boardwalk to the bottom viewing area to see the waterfall. This is another waterfall that will look very different depending on the amount of rainfall the area has had in recent days.

There is a small parking lot available. 

boy going down the steps to the waterfall at Hayden Falls Park in Dublin, Ohio

If you’re looking for some more Ohio inspiration try out an Ohio beach or one of these fun activities to do with kids all around the state of Ohio! Or plan an easy day trip one hour from Columbus or less! I firmly believe you’ll never run out of things to do in the great state of Ohio!

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Indian Run Falls: An Unexpected Find in Dublin, Ohio

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Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio is the perfect spot for a short hike! Follow the trails to the look out for an up-top view of the waterfalls

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the great outdoors this summer and one of the new places we visited was Indian Run Falls just outside of Historic Dublin, Ohio! The park area is made up of marked trails, observation decks, 2 shelter houses and a pedestrian bridge.

boy on the Indian Run Trail in Dublin, Ohio

Indian Run Falls Trail

There are marked trails within Indian Run Falls Park that make for a short hike that will lead you to a couple of observation decks. If you keep walking beyond the observation areas, the total trail runs for .8 miles and ends at Dublin Veterans Park.

boy looking at the falls from the overlook

Indian Run Trail

Can You Go Creeking at Indian Run Falls?

people in the creek at Indian Run Falls

You can get close to the creek and go down to the water from either side of the pedestrian bridge. There are steps leading down to the water and many people were in the water when we visited.

pedestrian bridge at Indian Run Falls

There are many signs stating that wading or swimming in the water or jumping into the falls is illegal. I asked my Instagram followers to weigh in on whether or not creeking was allowed and I got a variety of answers ranging from “no, you will get ticketed” to “everyone ignores those signs.” 

boy looking at the creek at Indian Run Falls in Dublin

We did hop across the creek on a log and there were many people wading in the water when we visited but I will say it here, for the record: creeking or wading in the creek is illegal and you may get fined.

Lately there have been many people injured after jumping off the falls. As a result, making wading and jumping illegal has been an effort to curb this unfortunate event from happening! You can read more information about that here.

boys climbing across a log over the creek

Waterfalls at Indian Run Falls

Indian Fun Falls from above

We walked the path to the furthest overlook to see the waterfalls from above. There had not had much rain before we visited so the falls and water level were on the small side. 

Indian Run Falls in Dublin Ohio

If you’re looking for a great place to get in touch with nature that’s not too far outside of Columbus, this would make for a peaceful outing! Take a hike, watch the waterfalls and have a picnic in the park at Indian Run Falls Park in Dublin, Ohio! While you’re in Dublin, you can also check out one of these 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Dublin!

Know Before You Go:

Address: 700 Shawan Falls Dr, Dublin, OH 43017
Parking: a small lot is available at this address.

Dublin Ohio Waterfall

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