This past weekend we visited the Fallsville Wildlife Area in Highland County. The wildlife area contains a stream valley with a large waterfall. After recent rains it was running quite well. The wildlife area and the falls are named after the town of Fallsville, OH. The town is long gone, but the name lives on.
We parked off of Careytown Rd. about a 1/4 mile south of the local ODNR Wildlife Area Headquarters. A small dirt road is shown on maps as Township Road 432. The road widens into a parking area, then leads off into the woods. However, just beyond the parking you have to follow the road on foot because there is a barrier preventing vehicles from going farther.
After parking we walked down the road and entered the woods. A fishing pond appeared on our right and the path narrowed and continued on to the right. At times the trail was wet and muddy. We could hear the roar of water in the distance — a good sign. About a half mile from the parking lot, we found ourselves looking down on Clear Creek plummeting over a waterfall into a steep valley below. We spent some time taking photos and then returned to our car to drive 40 minutes to our next destination; Fort Hill, for some more hiking.
Fallsville Wildlife Area is a 1,382 acre site primarily intended for public hunting and fishing. It is 30% wooded and contains a number of stocked fishing ponds and a old quarry and with largemouth bass and bluegill. It also features a shotgun range and a dog training area.
- TrekOhio: Highland County Parks & Preserves — this is the county where the Fallsville Wilderness Area is located. On this page you’ll find links to the official site, as well as information on nearby sites.
- TrekOhio: Fort Hill
- TrekOhio: Waterfalls!!! — We provide information on waterfalls all around Ohio.
Parking: Intersection of Careytown Rd / TR-432, New Vienna, OH
Geo-coordinates of Waterfall: 39.286222, -83.635207
Nearby Landmark: ODNR Wildlife Area HQ: 10221 Careytown Road, New Vienna, OH 45159