Top 10 Waterfalls in Ohio

Published on October 13th, 2021

You might not think of waterfalls when you think of Ohio, but the rivers that run through this state create many beautiful waterfalls that are worth seeing. If you’re a fan of chasing waterfalls, be sure to stop by a few of these on your next visit!

Waterfalls in Ohio

1. Brandywine Falls

2. Charleston Falls

3. Hayden Falls

4. Great Falls on Tinker’s Creek

5. Cedar Falls

6. Chagrin Falls

7. Old Man’s Cave

8. Lyons Falls

9. Buttermilk Falls

10. West Falls

Visiting Waterfalls in Ohio

There are so many great waterfalls to visit in Ohio. Here are 10 of our favorites!

1. Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is a favorite of locals and visitors. This 65-foot cascading waterfall is located near the parking area in the national park, and has two different viewing points. The upper observation deck can be reached by a wheelchair and stroller accessible boardwalk, making this a great option for families. You can also reach the lower viewing area by hiking down a short but steep (non accessible) trail to the bottom of the falls. It’s a popular place and the parking lot fills up on weekends, so visit early in the day or during the week to miss the crowds.

Things to do near Brandywine Falls: Explore the gorgeous scenery of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are tons of hiking trails and activities for the whole family in the park. We’ve pulled together a guide to the national park to help you plan your visit. And we’ve got you covered with local RV rentals as well.

2. Charleston Falls

Charleston Falls is a 37-foot waterfall located in Charleston Falls Preserve. This 216-acre nature preserve in Miami County, Ohio is the perfect place to explore the four miles of hiking trails and marvel at the waterfall that flows over a small cliff into a shallow rocky pool. There’s an observation deck at the falls, which is the perfect place for photos.

Things to do near Charleston Falls: Take some time to explore the rest of the preserve. This waterfall is just north of Dayton, Ohio. You’re also 65 miles from both Cincinnati and Columbus. We have local guides to both cities to help you explore!

3. Hayden Falls

Our next waterfall is easy to get to! Hayden Falls is located in Griggs Nature Preserve in the city of Columbus. A boardwalk and overlook takes visitors right up to this beautiful waterfall where you can watch the 35-foot falls run over the rocks. The preserve is a small park and there are even a few picnic benches if you’d like to bring a lunch and enjoy the sound of the falls splashing.

Things to do near Hayden Falls: The park and waterfall are in the city of Columbus, so there’s plenty of things to explore nearby! Check out our local’s guide for the best things to eat, see, and do in the city. We also have you covered with great local RV rentals.

4. Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek

The Great Falls of Tinkers Creek is another great waterfall in Ohio. This waterfall is 20 feet high and can be up to 80 feet wide when there’s a good flow of water. Located in Viaduct Park in Bedford, this waterfall once powered a mill, the ruins of which can still be seen. These falls are the largest of the cascading waterfalls on Tinker’s Creek and is best seen after a rain storm or in spring.

Things to do near Great Falls: This waterfall is just outside Cleveland. Take a look at our local’s guide for all the great places to explore! It’s also just north of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where you can hike and check out waterfall number one on our list. Need an RV to get you there? We’ve got you covered with rentals!

5. Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls is a fantastic waterfall to visit in the popular Hocking Hills State Park. Hiking the half mile long Cedar Falls Trail will bring you to this beautiful 50-foot waterfall. Although it’s named Cedar Falls, the giant trees that surround the waterfall are actually hemlocks, not cedars. At the top of the falls there are also the remains of an old mill that use to stand there, using the waterfall for power.

Things to do near Cedar Falls: Be sure to explore the rest of Hocking Hills State Park. There are over 25 miles of hiking trail that take you through woods, cliffs, and waterfalls, including number 7 on our list. There’s also onsite camping! We have a guide to the state park to help you plan your trip, as well as a great selection of RV rentals.

6. Chagrin Falls

Another easy waterfall to visit is Chagrin Falls. Located right in the middle of the town of Chagrin Falls, this waterfall is just off of the main street. You can see the waterfall from above on the Main Street Bridge, or take the steps down to the viewing area next to the falls. It’s about 20 feet in height, and is worth a stop if you’re visiting.

Things to do near Chagrin Falls: Explore the rest of this cute historic town! You’re also just southeast of Cleveland and Cuyahoga Valley National Park is less than 20 miles away.

7. Old Man’s Cave

Another great area in Hocking Hills State Park is Old Man’s Cave. There are two impressive waterfalls here – Upper Falls and Lower Falls. There are several hiking trails that will take you through the area, but the Old Man’s Cave Trail will take you to both the upper and lower waterfalls.

Things to do near Mans Cave Waterfalls: Spend the rest of the day exploring Hocking Hills State Park, and be sure to take the trail over to Cedar Falls for more amazing waterfall hikes. Here’s our guide to the state park as well as local RV rentals.

8. Lyons Falls

This is another stop that has double the waterfalls! Lyons Falls is actually comprised of two waterfalls. Big and Little Lyons Falls are a pair of waterfalls that sit in Mohican State Park. While they’re not the widest falls, Big Lyons Falls is 80-feet tall and drops over a ledge, and Little Lyons Falls is 25-feet high and drops into a gorge. You can take a 2-mile long loop hike to see both of the falls.

Things to do near Lyons Falls: Take advantage of the outdoor activities available at Mohican State Park like hiking, biking, and water activities on Pleasant Hill Lake. We have a guide to the state park as well as local RV rentals for you to check out.

9. Buttermilk Falls

This smaller waterfall is tucked away in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Buttermilk Falls is 20-feet tall and flows down a rocky ledge into a shallow pool. It’s surrounded by gorgeous scenery of trees, and on your way to the falls, you’ll pass a bonus waterfall, Blue Hen Falls. The trail is currently closed for repairs, so check the NPS website before you go. But once it’s open again, it’s not to miss!

Things to do near Buttermilk Falls: There are plenty of other falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park to see in the meantime, like Cedar Falls and the falls at Old Man’s Cave. Check out our guide to the national park for more great ideas of things to explore.

10. West Falls

Located in Cascade Park, West Falls is one of two waterfalls on the Black River. West Falls sits at 35-feet high and can be reached by taking the 1.2 mile trail. There’s an observation deck and a bridge that takes you to the other side of the river bank. You can hike to the other waterfall, East Falls, which is about a mile away.

Things to do near West Falls: Check out the other waterfall, East Falls before you leave. West Falls is located in Elyria, which is a western suburb of Cleveland. Check out the city, and then head to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is only 35 miles away.

Planning an RV Trip to Ohio

An RV trip is an excellent way to tour the great variety of waterfalls in Ohio, and we’ve got all the resources you need to plan a perfect vacation.

Here are guides to some of the best state parks in Ohio, as well as all the national parks in the country. And as always, we’re here to help when it comes to finding the best campgrounds and RV rentals. Now it’s time to start exploring!

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