Indian Run Falls, Ohio

Just outside of Columbus are a few waterfalls…there are actually a number of falls close to Columbus and others not too distant outside of the city. One of the easier ones to visit if you’re visiting Columbus is Indian Run Falls along with Hayden Falls.

Indian Run Falls in August 2015

I may have visited Indian Run Falls twice. I don’t have a record of the first time, so I’m unsure of it. I may not have taken any pictures because there wasn’t much water flowing the first time. The second time, in August 2015, there was definitely water flowing as I have the pictures to remind me. There are multiple drops on Indian Run, and I don’t think I’ve stumbled upon all of the drops. There seems to be a wide plunge waterfall that I didn’t find. Instead, I found a cascading waterfall that’s probably about a 20′ drop. It’s definitely worth a visit if in you’re in Columbus. So go out and explore!

Directions:

  1. This one’s kind of a confusing one, as the way you’ll take will strongly depend on the direction you’re coming from. The park is very near the intersection of I-270 and US-33. Right near the turn, US-33 switches from a divided highway to not a divided highway, which causes the complication.
  2. One parking area for the falls is on Shawan Falls Drive, which is on the north side of US-33.
  3. Once you get to Shawan Falls Drive, you’ll find the Indian Run Falls Parking Lot, and the trail starts from there.
  4. Looking at Google Maps, you may be able to park at the opposite end of the trail and view the falls from a different direction.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip (though I would suggest hiking further down the trail to find other drops)

Where in the World is Indian Run Falls?

Hayden Falls, Ohio

If you’re in the Columbus area, there are a surprising number of waterfalls in the vicinity. I’m not sure that all of them would be worth visiting, but the few that I’ve visited have been easy to find. Hayden Falls and Indian Run Falls are the two that I’ve visited.

My observation has been that waterfalls in this area tend to be very dependent on the season and rainfall levels. Your best bet at viewing the falls would be in the spring after the snow has melted (which might be relatively early) or after a lot of rain. I visited Hayden Falls in late August 2015, and there wasn’t a whole lot of water flowing over the falls. And yet there was still some, which I felt was pretty good for that time of year. As you can see, if you were to show up after a lot of snow melt, you might see a falls 6 to 7 times wider than it was.

Directions:

  1. From I-270, take exit 15 and head east along Tuttle Road.
  2. Drive along Tuttle Road for about 2 miles, and then turn right onto Dublin Road.
  3. Drive about 1 mile to Hayden Run Road. Turn left onto Hayden Run Road.
  4. On your right (as you’re heading east), you’ll see the parking are for Hayden Falls. The parking area seemed to be further east than what’s sort of shown on Google Maps.
  5. At the parking area, it’s a very enjoyable hike to the falls. There are stairs that lead to the falls, which makes it relatively accessible.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 25′
Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip

Hayden

Hayden Falls in August 2015

Where in the World is Hayden Falls?