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12 Waterfalls That Make The Perfect Day Trip From Columbus

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

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

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

Greenville Falls

via Greenville Falls Facebook

Distance from Columbus: 89.6 miles
Waterfall Height: 20 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy, 1 Mile Trail
Amenities: Easy walking, paved paths

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

Ludlow Falls

via Ludlow Falls Facebook

Distance from Columbus: 85.3 miles
Waterfall Height: 15 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: A Beautiful View!

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

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

West Falls

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Distance from Columbus: 120 miles
Waterfall Height: 35 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Amenities: Observation deck, easy parking

Brandywine Falls

Distance from Columbus: 135 miles
Waterfall Height: 65 ft
Hike Difficulty: Moderate (several stairs)
Amenities: Observation platform, Parking, Paths, Restrooms, Shelter Houses

Chagrin Falls

Distance from Columbus: 148 miles
Waterfall Height: 20 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy, Lots of steps
Amenities: Popcorn shop located just above falls

Blue Hen Falls

Distance from Columbus: 130 miles
Waterfall Height: 15 ft
Hike Difficulty: Easy, .5 miles
Amenities: Located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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

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***Originally published 2/28/17. Updated 4/9/18.***


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