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 Ohio is known for 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 11 Ohio waterfalls:
1. Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio
Address: 700 Shawan Falls Dr, Dublin, OH 43017
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.
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2. Cascades at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Address: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
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.
3. Upper Falls at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio
Address: 19988 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138
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.
4. Lower Falls at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio
Address: 19988 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138
The Lower Falls in Hocking Hills are in the Old Man’s Cave Area and can be seen on the Grandma Gatgewood Trail. These falls will be more of a hike to get to compared to the Upper Falls but the whole area is so beautiful! If you’re in the mood for a hike, seeing these falls will just be the icing on the cake.
As I mentioned above, Hocking Hills is stunning in the fall, but gorgeous any time of year! Here at the Lower Falls, there is a wide open area to view the falls and, when we visited, there were large logs where you could sit, rest and take in the view.
5. Chagrin Waterfalls in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Address: N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
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! They also have a hot air balloon festival during the summer!
Parking is available around town.
6. Hayden Falls in Dublin, Ohio
Address: 4326 Hayden Run Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Hayden Falls is a 35 foot waterfall that is part Griggs Reservoir and 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 at the entrance to the boardwalk.
7. Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northfield, Ohio
Address: 8176 Brandywine Rd., Northfield, OH 44067
Brandywine Falls is the tallest Ohio waterfall! Brandywine falls are easy to access via a short boardwalk trail. There is a parking lot right at the falls. Make sure to go to the right and not the left on the trail and the falls will be visible after a 5-10 minute walk on the boardwalk!
There are two viewing decks, both accessible from the boardwalk: one upper and one lower. Make sure to visit both! You can also go to the top of the falls from the path and see the falls from the bridge above! If you want a longer experience, take the trail to the left and follow the Brandywine Gorge Trail, visiting the falls at the end!
Brandywine Falls are 60 feet high and flow from the Brandywine Creek which extends from the Cuyahoga River. This waterfall is just one of the many sights to be seen inside Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio’s only National Park which covers 33,000 acres in Northeast Ohio!
8. Little Falls in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Address: 1817 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
The Little Falls on the Cuyahoga River are in downtown Cuyahoga Falls! The town has a boardwalk along the river but the falls are just south of the downtown area and behind the Sheraton Suites hotel. My husband and I stayed at this hotel a few years ago and there is a great view from the restaurant in the hotel.
If you’re not staying at the hotel, the best place to see the falls is in High Bridge Glens Park just south of the hotel. If you are walking past the hotel, don’t give up and turn around like we almost did on our last visit! You will not be disappointed with the view from the park!
Prospect Bridge crosses the river and there are a couple of benches to sit and take in the rushing water! There is also a boardwalk in the park that will take you to a lower view of the river.
9. The Waterfall at Fallsville Wildlife Area in New Vienna, Ohio
Address: 10211 Careytown Rd., New Vienna, OH 45159
Fallsville Wildlife Area is a 1785 acre public wildlife area in southwest Ohio that is home to several fishing areas, hiking trails and a waterfall on Clear Creek.
If you want to see the waterfall, park in the lot at the the Careytown Road South entrance. The waterfall will be on your right after about a 10 minute hike.
There are steep trails going down to the waterfall if you’d like a closer look!
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10. Millikin Falls at Quarry Trails Metro Park in Columbus, Ohio
Address: 2158 Old Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43228
Millikin Falls can be found at Quarry Trails Metro Park in Columbus, Ohio! The closest parking lot to the falls in on Old Dublin Rd. The address above may take you just past the parking lot, as it did in my experience, but you can easily see the parking area when you use this address.
There are two great locations for viewing this 25 foot waterfall! The first, the upper viewing deck, is very close to the parking lot – just a minute walk. The viewing deck is a wooden deck that over looks the falls.
If you want to view the waterfall from the ground level, take the stone steps down to the Millikin Falls Lower Trail and you can stand at the bottom of the falls. The steps here are not stroller or wheelchair friendly but there is a railing along the path.
11. Berea Falls at Rocky River Reservation in Berea, Ohio
Address: 136 E Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017
The Berea Falls are just a small portion of the Rocky River Reservation, a Cleveland Metropark which has a footprint in 8 Cleveland area suburbs! Berea is at the southern tip of the park!
The Rocky River flows through the park and includes the waterfalls in Berea! Thanks to the Berea Falls Scenic Overlook it’s really easy to see the waterfall! Park at the address mentioned above and the Scenic Overlook is just steps from the parking lot!
There is a small wooden balcony where you can see the Berea Falls from above! This waterfall in Ohio is really easy to see without a long hike or a lot of steps! While you’re in the park, make sure to visit the Rocky River Nature Center which has a great play area for kids and lots of educational displays!
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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