Spring is a great time to see Ohio waterfalls. Many Ohio waterfalls dry up in the summer heat. But in spring, with melting snow, saturated ground, and rain showers, these waterfalls can be quite spectacular. Below is a list of some of the Ohio waterfalls we’ve visited categorized by geographic region.
- Hayden Falls (Franklin County) – an easily accessible waterfall in the city limits of Columbus
- Honey Run Falls (Knox County) – a waterfall across from a park with hiking trails
- Rock Mill (Fairfield County) – a waterfall, a covered bridge and a restored grist mill.
- Blackhand Gorge (Licking County) – a couple of small seasonal waterfalls on the Marie Hickey Trail and one on the Chestnut Trail
Southeast Ohio is waterfalls central with a large number of waterfalls particularly in the Hocking Hills region.
- Hocking Hills State Park (Hocking County) contains numerous waterfalls at different sites in the park.
- Old Man’s Cave – a long sandstone gorge containing cascading streams that form several large waterfalls. The main falls include the photogenic Upper Falls, a couple of Middle Falls, and the spectacular Lower Falls. Beyond the Lower Falls in a side canyon, you’ll find Broken Rock Falls.
- Cedar Falls – located down the road from Old Man’s Cave
- Grandma Gatewood (Blue) Trail – if you hike from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls (3 miles one way) in the spring, you’ll encounter several seasonal waterfalls including ‘Whispering Falls’, particularly after heavy rains.
- Ash Cave – one of the highest falls in the state, the falls plummets 90 feet landing at the base of a sandstone recess cave.
- Cantwell Cliffs contains several seasonal waterfalls
- Rockhouse has a seasonal waterfall to one side of the sandstone cave after heavy rains
- Rock Stalls (Hocking County) – several waterfalls on the rim of a box canyon
- Rockbridge (Hocking County) – a small seasonal falls to one side of the natural stone arch.
- Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve (Jackson County) – a nice cascade waterfall on the Pine Ridge Trail
- Boord State Nature Preserve (Washington County) – a small seasonal waterfall
- Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve: Robinson Falls (Hocking County)- a small waterfall in Hocking County (permit required to visit)
- Charleston Falls (Miami County) – a 37 foot waterfall in the midst of a park with wonderful hiking trails
- Greenville Falls (Miami County) – a 20 foot cascade falls in a park with trails and historic artifacts
- Englewood Metropark (Montgomery County) – you can go on a series of trails forming a loop that visit three small waterfalls.
- West Milton Cascades (Miami County) – a cascading falls in a small park in the town of West Milton
- Ludlow Falls (Miami County) – falls under a highway bridge in village of Ludlow
- Clifton Gorge (Greene County) – a series of waterfalls cascading through a stone canyon. Plenty of hiking opportunities at the gorge and adjacent John Bryan State Park
- Glen Helen Preserve (Greene County) – several small waterfalls and miles of hiking trails.
- Miller Nature Sanctuary (Highland County) – several small seasonal waterfalls
- Fallsville Wildlife Area (Highland County) – Fallsville Falls
- Caesar Creek State Park (Warren County) – contains Horseshoe Falls & Crawdad Falls
- Indian Mound Reserve (Greene County) – contains Cedar Cliff Falls – actually a spillway from a former mill plus some small falls in a gorge valley
- Mohican State Park (Ashland County) – Big Lyons and Little Lyons Falls on scenic hiking trails
- Brandywine Falls (Summit County) – spectacular waterfall in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Blue Hen Falls & Buttermilk Falls (Summit County) – two waterfalls on Spring Creek in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Gorge Metropark – (Summit County) – contains a large spillway from a former powerplant in downtown Akron
- Nelson Kennedy Ledges (Portage County) – hiking trail passes through amazing maze of rock clefts and slump blocks ending a scenic cascade falls
- Paine Falls Park (Lake County) – view a cascading waterfall from park observation deck
- Beach City Wildlife Area – Dundee Falls (Tuscarawas County) – a 12-15 ft high waterfall in a state wildlife area
- Mill Creek Park (Mahoning County) – 23 ft high waterfall adjacent to an operating grist mill
Here’s a list of a few Ohio waterfalls we haven’t visited (yet!).
- Sheepskin Hollow (Columbiana County)
- Bedford Reservation (Cuyahoga County)
- Indian Run Falls – a small waterfall in Dublin, OH
- Chagrin Falls – a waterfall in the village of the same name (Cuyahoga County)
- Chair Factory Falls – a small waterfall in (Lake County) on the Greenway Corridor
Along with waterfalls, the spring is also “mud season”; trails are likely to be muddy, so dress appropriately. Also be careful around rivers and creeks containing fast running water. They present the dual danger of drowning and (especially in the early spring) hypothermia.
So that’s our list of Ohio waterfalls. It is by no means exhaustive. What’s your favorite Ohio waterfall? Did we leave out any interesting ones? Tell us about them!