Columbia Beach Falls, Ohio

I’m guessing not many people have heard of Columbia Beach Falls. You wouldn’t exactly expect to find this waterfall along the Lake Erie shoreline, but there it is! The cliffs along the lakeshore are not very tall, but they are still 30 feet or so above the lake level. Columbia Beach Falls has been formed in those cliffs. The erosion is likely slow, though, as not much water was flowing in early August.

I think I would have liked the falls better if the falls were cleaner. There was a lot of algae growing on the falls, which definitely attracted a lot of ducks. It was interesting to see the ducks climbing up and down the falls. There were also some milk jugs and other things that had been lodged in the falls, though they’re harder to see in the picture. Still, it’s a pretty easy waterfall to get to, and you do get to enjoy beautiful Lake Erie.

Directions:

  1. Columbia Beach Falls is found on US-6 in the town of Bay Village. The “park” for the falls is right at the intersection of US-6 and OH-252.
  2. Parking can be found in a parking lot directly next to a church. From this parking area, cross the road, and walk down to the shoreline. The waterfall will be to your left.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 22′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Columbia Beach Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Columbia Beach Falls?

Blue Hen Falls, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a surprisingly beautiful national park. Outside of Cleveland, there is this very peaceful area that has been set aside for the enjoyment of all. Inside the park are multiple waterfalls that are surprisingly easy to visit.

Blue Hen Falls is the smallest of the three falls I saw in the park, but it is still pretty nonetheless. I viewed the falls in late July, when the water was probably not at its highest, but there was still water flowing. I just bet there is more in April and May. After viewing Blue Hen Falls, you can also easily visit Buttermilk Falls, which is easily found by continuing down the trail and jumping across the creek a few times.

Directions:

  1. On I-271, take exit #18 onto OH-8.
  2. Head south on OH-8.
  3. Once you reach E Twinsburg Road, turn onto E Twinsburg Road, which will become W Twinsburg Rd.
  4. Go to Brandywine Road and turn east. Brandywine Road will become Olde Eight Road.
  5. 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.
  6. From there, follow the rather obvious trail downhill to Blue Hen Falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Blue Hen Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Blue Hen Falls?

East Falls, Ohio

East Falls is the brother of West Falls, both found on the Black River in downtown Elyria. East Falls has the unlucky fortune of being the less scenic of the two falls, and going to the falls seems just a little more shady, even though you’re right near a police station. Even though it’s not really that bad, the waterfall is essentially difficult to view. The viewing area is placed such that you can see the manmade portion of the drop, but the lower, natural portion is almost impossible to view completely! I’ve seen other pictures that showed a more complete falls, but I don’t see any way that you could really view the whole falls. Maybe they changed the viewing area?

Directions:

  1. Get onto OH-57 heading south. This can be accessed from the Ohio Turnpike or from other roads in the area.
  2. After a short distance, turn left onto OH-113 heading east.
  3. In just a few blocks, you will come up to West River Street. Turn right here.
  4. Continue on West River Street to Lake Avenue. Turn left onto Lake Avenue.
  5. After a short distance, Lake Avenue will veer to the right. You’re going to turn left around this area, though it’s a little confusing. I would suggest finding the police station, and then taking a left directly after the police station. The road is either Parkview Court or Cascade Street. Both roads will lead you to the parking area for the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 25′
Length of Hike: roadside

East Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is East Falls?

Plum Creek Falls, Ohio

Plum Creek Falls is a fun waterfall. Even though it’s not a large waterfall at all, it is an interactive waterfall. You can walk right up to the falls, jump around, and get some very interesting shots, all while being just feet from the larger Rocky River.

Plum Creek Falls is found in the town of Olmsted Falls along the same trail from which you can view Olmsted Falls. Plum Creek Falls is the smaller of the falls, but is just as interesting because of its multiple drops and intricate complexities. The walk to the falls is in a beautiful park with a lot of interesting remnants of old, along with wildlife like the blue heron that was standing right near the falls. Overall, the short hike to Plum Creek Falls was very enjoyable.

Directions:

  1. From I-71 in Ohio, take exit 235 to Bagley Road.
  2. Head on Bagley Road for a short ways to the town of Olmsted Falls.
  3. In Olmsted Falls, turn right onto OH-252 (aka Columbia Road) heading north.
  4. In a short distance, OH-252 will veer to the left. Instead of veering left, head straight.
  5. Park at the library or in the parking area below the library. The trail to the falls will be pretty noticeable. You will first encounter Olmsted Falls, and further downstream will be Plum Creek Falls. (You may also be able to access the falls via the David Fortier River Park, but it’s unclear whether there’s an entrance on Water Street.)

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Plum Creek Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Plum Creek Falls?

West Falls, Ohio

I just got back from visiting some waterfalls in Ohio, and I’m trying to decide which one to write about. Many of them were surprisingly beautiful, but I’ve decided to write about West Falls first, since I think I might forget the directions if I don’t write them down now.

West Falls is on the Black River in Elyria, a distant suburb of Cleveland. There are actually two waterfalls (West Falls and East Falls) on the Black River within a short distance of each other, and West Falls is the more scenic of the two falls. The falls drops 20’+, and are very beautiful. A pedestrian bridge has been constructed for better viewing, along with another observation deck, which would be best utilized in winter when the tree leaves will not block the view. You can also walk down under the bridge and walk along the rocks to get a ground view of the falls. The pictures are deceiving…West Falls was larger than I expected.

Directions:

  1. Get onto OH-57 heading south. This can be accessed from the Ohio Turnpike or from other roads in the area.
  2. After a short distance, turn left onto OH-113 heading east.
  3. In just a few blocks, you will come up to West River Street. Turn right here.
  4. The entrance to Cascade Park will come up in almost right after you turn onto West River Street. Turn left to enter into Cascade Park.
  5. Once you’ve entered into Cascade Park, you’ll now loop around for about a mile or so. You’ll pass by a few pavilions, along with some children’s park. Park near the Nature Center, where you’ll find another pavilion and a children’s playground. (If you start going uphill again, you’ll end up exiting the park without visiting the waterfalls).
  6. Past the playground, you may notice what look like some stairs. Head toward this general area. You have two options on how to get to the falls. #1: Look for a PAVED trail that has a sign indicating a bridge and waterfalls. This is the shortest path to the falls, but is less scenic. #2: Follow the rather apparent dirt trail, which will have arrows indicating a path to the falls. This is longer, but does have more to see.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 35′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

West Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is West Falls?