I recently flew into Pittsburgh with the plan of finding waterfalls in the region. I started in northern West Virginia and found Valley Falls. I then drove into back into Pennsylvania and found a number of waterfalls in the southwest corner of the state. I was right near the Pennsylvania/Ohio border visiting Quakertown Falls, and realized I had a significant amount of time before I had to be back at the airport. I wondered if there were any waterfalls across the border in Ohio, and did a quick search. Luckily, there was one in Youngstown, and it ended up being about 25 minutes away.
Lanterman’s Falls is in the Youngstown area, and anyone in the city should definitely check out this area. There are a number of trails all around the area, and what seem like a lot of recreational opportunities. Right next to the falls is Lanterman’s Mill, which is open April through November (though hours vary).
Because there is the mill right next to the falls, in some ways it can be a distraction. Still, I found the waterfall to be very nice, though you can’t get extremely close to it. It also was very sunny that day, which I wasn’t complaining about, but it made photographing the falls a bit more difficult. The falls was probably near its peak flow considering it was mid-April and most of the snow had melted by that point.
1) The falls are accessed on US-62 in between I-680 and OH-11/I-76. The address to the mill is 980 Canfield Rd, Youngstown, OH 44511. I would suggest typing this in on a GPS.
2) There is significant parking found on E. Park Drive, which can found by turning right if headed southwest along US-62.
3) From the parking areas, you will follow the trail that hugs the river and goes under US-62. You will come out at the falls.
Distance of Hike: 0.2 miles one-way (from parking areas)
Where in the World is Lanterman’s Falls?: map