12 Waterfalls That Make The Perfect Day Trip From Columbus

Originally published 2/28/17. Updated 3/21/19.

When most people think of Ohio, they probably see endless fields and farms.

But carving their way throughout the state are beautiful waterfalls, hidden and waiting to take your breath away. All less than 200 miles from downtown Columbus, these natural wonders are the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Indian Run Falls

via City of Dublin

Distance from Columbus: 17 miles
Waterfall Height: 15 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: Walking Path, Overlooks, Boardwalks, Two Shelters, Parking Lot
Location: 700 Shawan Falls Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

Hayden Falls

via Wikipedia

Distance from Columbus: 16.3 miles
Waterfall Height: 35 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: Nature preserve, parking lot, woods and wildlife area
Location: 4326 Hayden Run Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills

Distance from Columbus: 56.9 miles
Waterfall Height: 50 ft
Hike Difficulty: Medium difficulty, .5 mile Trail, some stairs
Amenities: Trails, Parking lot
Location: Click here for directions

Greenville Falls

via Greenville Falls Facebook

Distance from Columbus: 89.6 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy, 1 Mile Trail
Amenities: Easy walking, paved paths
Location: 9140 Covington-Gettysburg Rd, Covington, OH 45318

Big & Little Lyons Falls

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Distance from Columbus: 77.2 miles
Waterfall Height: 80 ft, 25 ft
Hike Difficulty: Medium, 2 Mile loop
Amenities: Parking, Defined Paths, Pets allowed on leash
Location: 3116 State Route 3 Loudonville, Ohio 44842

Ludlow Falls

via Ludlow Falls Facebook

Distance from Columbus: 85.3 miles
Waterfall Height: 15 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: A Beautiful View!
Location: Click here for directions

Lanterman’s Falls

via Mill Creek Metro Parks Facebook

Distance from Columbus: 175 miles
Waterfall Height: 15 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: Parking, paths, Lanterman Mill
Location: 1001 Canfield Rd, Youngstown, OH 44511

Paine Falls

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Distance from Columbus: 174 miles
Waterfall Height: 25 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: Parking lot, restrooms, grills and a picnic area
Location: 5570 Paine Rd, Painesville, OH 44077

West Falls

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Distance from Columbus: 120 miles
Waterfall Height: 35 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: Observation deck, easy parking
Location: 170 Cascade St, Elyria, OH 44035

Brandywine Falls

Distance from Columbus: 135 miles
Waterfall Height: 65 ft
Hike Difficulty: Moderate (several stairs)
Amenities: Observation platform, Parking, Paths, Restrooms, Shelter Houses
Location: 8176 Brandywine Rd, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067

Chagrin Falls

Distance from Columbus: 148 miles
Waterfall Height: 20 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy, Lots of steps
Amenities: Popcorn shop located just above falls
Location: 53 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Blue Hen Falls

Distance from Columbus: 130 miles
Waterfall Height: 15 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy, .5 miles
Amenities: Located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Location: 2001 Boston Mills Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141

I want go exploring now. Who’s with me?

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