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John and Marion Becker Cedar Falls Preserve

We visited John and Marion Becker Cedar Falls Preserve in the late summer of 2020 and early spring of 2021. This Adams County preserve is owned by the Edge of Appalachia and was opened recently. The star attraction of the preserve is a fifteen foot waterfall named Cedar Falls – not to be confused with the other Cedar Falls located in Hocking County.

When visiting Scioto and Adams County, we frequently stay at Shawnee Lodge in Shawnee State Park. The trailhead for the preserve is a half-hour drive from the lodge (west on OH-125).

Cedar Falls at John and Marion Becker Cedar Falls Preserve in Adams County

The Helen C. Black Trail runs from the parking lot to the waterfall. My GPS app showed the trail as 1.7 miles one-way or 3.4 miles round-trip.

Preserve parking lot and trailhead for Helen C. Black trail

The trail is well-marked with wooden bridges over the streams that occasionally cross the trail. Near the trailhead the trail passes through a large grove of cedar trees. The trail then parallels Cedar Run whose banks turn into a gorge as you approach the falls.

Cedar tree along trail
Wooden bridge spanning stream
Deb hiking on trail

The exposed rock is Peebles dolomite and it can be seen as outcropping along the gorge and occasional slump-blocks and boulder-fields seen along the trail.

Trail passing boulder

The trail terminates at the falls and features a wooden observation platform with benches for viewing the falls.

Looking down into gorge at falls in summer. Cedar tree on left.
Observation deck overlooking Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls in early spring 2021

Spring is the best time for viewing Ohio waterfalls. April and May are also good months for viewing Ohio wildflowers. However, be aware that trails can be quite muddy in the spring time.

Jewel weed
Wild potato vine (Ipomoea Pandurata)
Walking Fern (Asplenium rhizophyllum)
GPS trace of the Helen C. Black Trail at John and Marion Becker Cedar Falls Preserve

Additional Information
Location: John and Marion Becker Cedar Falls Preserve
  • Directions: (From Shawnee Lodge) Turn left onto OH-125 W. Turn right onto Bethany Ridge Rd. Continue straight onto Randalls Run Rd. Turn right onto OH-348 E. Turn left onto Cedar Mills Rd. Destination will be on the right.
  • GPS Coordinates: 38.823200, -83.392890
  • Google Maps: View on map or get directions

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© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and 2012 to 2021

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