Buttermilk Falls in August 2009
Buttermilk Falls is another one of the surprising waterfalls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is very close to Cleveland. Brandywine Falls is the main attraction, but doesn’t require much of a hike (or walk). The small Blue Hen Falls is in another area of the park, and Buttermilk Falls is found by continuing along that trail.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find it after reading the directions, but it was easier than I expected. You do have to cross the river/creek, and that is not difficult. It’s unlikely you’ll get wet! Once you get to the falls, you can get pretty close to the falls. I think some people were actually trying to climb up the falls. They’re steep, but only about 20′ tall.
- On I-271, take exit #18 onto OH-8.
- Head south on OH-8.
- Once you reach E Twinsburg Road, turn onto E Twinsburg Road, which will become W Twinsburg Rd.
- Go to Brandywine Road and turn east. Brandywine Road will become Olde Eight Road.
- Turn west onto Boston Mills Road. On your right will be a one-way road where you can park to visit Blue Hen Falls. There is also a parking lot on the left side of the road that is much easier to park at, though it does add a short amount of distance to your hike.
- From there, follow the rather obvious trail downhill to Blue Hen Falls.
- After you see Blue Hen Falls, keep heading downstream along the trail. You will cross the stream three times, which is not that difficult at all. It’s pretty hard to miss Buttermilk Falls (assuming you’re on the right trail).
Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Buttermilk Falls?
Brandywine Falls in August 2010
Brandywine Falls is one of many great waterfalls that can be found in British Columbia. It is one of the more popular ones, partly because it is relatively tall, and partly because it is so easy to go and see. The hike to the falls could hardly even be considered a hike, more like a short stroll to the viewing area!
Brandywine Falls is found south of Whistler and north of Squamish. It’s not really even that far from Vancouver, depending on where you area. The falls are right off of BC-99 in Brandywine Provincial Park. After parking and paying the $1 (for 1 hour) fee, you’ll be rewarded with the very easy and enjoyable walk to the falls.
Now, there’s a major viewing area that was built for the falls, but this was not my favorite viewpoint. First off, in order to get a good view of the falls, you essentially have to hang over the side of the viewpoint, and you can see 200 or so feet below you. Not great for someone that doesn’t care for heights! Even then, I had to kink my neck to get a good picture. I would check that viewpoint out, but I’d also suggest heading to a viewpoint that is further along the very short trail. This other viewpoint is not designated, but I think it leads to just as good, if not better view of the falls more head-on. There is a tree blocking the very lowest portion, but I didn’t mind. Walking further along also leads to great views of the valley below.
- Brandywine Falls is found between Squamish and Whistler along BC-99. If heading north, the entrance to the park will be on your right. As a “warning”, the entrance to the falls can be confusing, especially if heading south. It’s not all that apparent what road your supposed to follow to enter the park or to leave it (at least in certain directions).
- After parking and paying, hike to the falls.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Brandywine Falls?
In the outskirts of the Cleveland metro area is a group of pretty cool waterfalls. At least three of these falls are to be found in the US’s most recently formed national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Brandywine Falls is the largest of the falls in the park and in the Cleveland area as a whole. It is an amazing sight to see.
When I thought of this area, I guess my first thought was not of waterfalls and terrain that would lead to waterfalls. When I visited, I was surprised to see this waterfall and such a deep gorge formed, at least considering the area. At points, the walls on the side of the gorge are pretty steep.
As a bonus, look for a small, small waterfall to the left of the crest of the falls. I’m not always a great judge of distance, but it might be 200 feet or so away from the crest. We visited in July, and this mini-waterfall was still flowing, so I’m guessing in spring, there might actually be more water flowing there. A camera with very good zoom is required since you can only view it from the opposite side of the gorge where the trail is.
The 2nd visit: In November 2011, the parking lot appears to have been repaved, and it looked really impressive. The hike to the falls was still short, but the cool thing about this visit was the much higher volume of water flowing over the falls. It had rained almost non-stop the night before, which was not great for driving, but was great for the view. It was a very nice time to visit the falls, as there were very few people there in late November.
- In metropolitan areas, it can sometimes be complicated to remember how I got to the falls, since there are many different exits and construction that exist. I believe from I-271 heading south, we exited onto OH-8.
- We headed south on OH-8.
- Turn right onto Highland Road E and head to the intersection with Brandywine Road.
- At the intersection, turn right on Brandywine Road and pull into the parking area for the falls.
- From the parking area, head toward the trail leading to the falls. There is a wooden boardwalk that leads there.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip
Brandywine Falls in August 2009
Brandywine Falls in November 2011
Where in the World is Brandywine Falls?