An easy hike while visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a convenient location close to the interstates that connect Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. While Cuyahoga Valley National Park has plenty of amazing rock formations and waterfalls, you can’t visit without a stop at Brandywine Falls.
Brandywine Falls is accessed by a boardwalk suspended from the rock formations. This boardwalk hugs the rocks in a way that is just as awe-inspiring as the falls. The Boardwalk stays open year-round, except for when conditions are too icy.
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While the boardwalk creates an easy walk to the falls (No mud!), this isn’t the place to bring a stroller or wheelchair as there are plenty of stairs. If you are bringing a baby, I recommend also bringing a baby carrier.
The boardwalk offers two levels for viewing the falls. The lower level offers the best view and often gets crowded. The upper level view is obstructed by some foliage (in season), but offers a different perspective.
Continuing on the upper boardwalk takes you past the site of former Champion Electric Company, which was built on the site of a gristmill. Continue along this boardwalk to the bike path which travels over the falls head.
Things to know before visiting Brandywine Falls
Visiting with kids
As previously mentioned, this isn’t the place for a stroller, but overall this hike is easy to do with children, as long as they are good with stairs or can handle being in a child carrier. Our children were 9, 7, and 5 at the time of our visit. If you stay on the boardwalks, it feels very safe and secure.
Parking at Brandywine Falls
The parking lot for the falls gets very busy! Rangers do not recommend parking along the road! Those visiting between 10 am and 3 pm, especially on weekends, will find the most congestion. Fortunately, most visitors to this park do the short hike and return to their cars quickly. We were able to circle the parking lot only once before someone alerted us that they would be leaving.
At Brandywine Falls, you’ll find only restrooms with drop toilets and hand sanitizer (i.e. no running water). There are 4 or 5 picnic tables located near the parking lot. Make sure you bring plenty of water!
Brandywine Falls isn’t the only attraction within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Make sure you also check out my post: 5 Favorite Spots within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Have you been to Brandywine Falls?
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