Ohio is home to some beautiful and even famous waterfalls: Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley, Cedar Falls in the Hocking Hills. But the Buckeye State has more cascades than you’d expect. And as parks and preserves acquire more property, once-private waterfalls are now open to the public. Take a road trip from Columbus to check out and hike to some of the state’s best waterfalls that you (most likely) have yet to visit.
Mohican State Park is known all around Ohio, and its waterfalls—Big Lyons and Little Lyons—are nice to visit. But nearby, Dundee Falls in the Beach City Wildlife Area (two hours northeast of Columbus) is significantly more substantial—and it’s significantly less crowded, too. A 2-mile trail takes you to several waterfalls, including the 15-foot-tall Dundee Falls, which flows year-round. Be aware of hunting seasons, especially deer rifle season late November to early December. More info: ohiodnr.gov
The Hocking Hills is known for its waterfalls—Upper Falls, Lower Falls, the falls at Ash Cave. But Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, which is located in the greater Hocking Hills region (45 minutes southeast of Columbus), is known for the state’s longest natural bridge, at 50 feet. It’s less famous for the uniquely situated 40-foot waterfall that pours over the lip of the rocks next to the rock bridge. This waterfall has a light flow, so go in the spring or after a rain. It’s less than 2 miles to hike round-trip to the rock bridge and falls. More info: ohiodnr.gov