Ohio has some truly majestic waterfalls.
These beautiful displays of nature are found throughout the Buckeye State and the Central Ohio region is no exception. If you’re looking to go on a waterfall adventure, but you aren’t up for a day trip, don’t worry.
We have some gorgeous spots nearby where you enjoy a relaxing afternoon admiring a beautiful view. No matter which waterfall you plan to visit, it’s always good to remember that if you want to see these beauties at their peak, visit after a nice rain.
The hike down to Hayden Run Falls does include some stairs, so keep that in mind when visiting. You’ll walk down an elevated boardwalk where you’ll get a spectacular view of Hayden Falls. The waterfall is about 30 feet tall and it’s a popular attraction, so if you’re hoping to view the falls with less people around, consider visiting when the park opens in the morning.
Location: 4326 Hayden Run Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43017
You can go from fine dining in Downtown Dublin to Indian Run Falls in mere steps. The path to the waterfall takes you across the bridges above the stream, then you can follow the path all the way down to the bank of the small pool at the bottom of the falls.
Location: 700 Shawan Falls Dr. Dublin, Ohio 43017.
Throughout Blackhand Gorge Preserve, there are several smaller waterfalls you can check out while hiking. These falls are seasonal and the best time to visit is in the spring or after a heavy rain. There are waterfalls along both the Chestnut Trail and the Marie Hickey Trail. For more information, you can click here.
Location: 2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Heath, OH 43056
At Stebelton Park in Fairfield County, visitors can see a stunning waterfall, an old mill, and even a beautiful covered bridge. The Hocking River flows out of the gorge in the form of a stunning, 14-foot waterfall. It’s gorgeous in any season, including winter. The mill itself is only open on Mill Days from May to October, but the park is open year-round. You can read more about the history of the mill here.
Location: 1429 Rockmill Rd NW, Lancaster, OH 43130
Honey Run is the longest journey on this waterfall list at a little over an hour outside Columbus. The waterfall is a stunning 25-feet high and it’s open to the public 365 days a year. While walking to the falls, you can enjoy beautiful views of blackhand sandstone cliffs.
Location: 10855 Hazel Dell Rd, Howard, OH 43208
Located within Quarry Trails Metro Park, Milliken Falls is the perfect destination when you’re looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The path to view the falls has an overlook platform that is ADA accessible offering a beautiful view of the falls. If you continue down the stone steps, you can even dip your toes in the water.
Location: 2158 Old Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43228