Buttermilk Falls, Ohio

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.

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.
  7. 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)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Buttermilk Falls?

Brandywine Falls, Ohio

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.

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. We headed south on OH-8.
  3. Turn right onto Highland Road E and head to the intersection with Brandywine Road.
  4. At the intersection, turn right on Brandywine Road and pull into the parking area for the falls.
  5. From the parking area, head toward the trail leading to the falls. There is a wooden boardwalk that leads there.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 65′
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?

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?