Honey Run Falls in Knox County, Ohio makes for a great day in nature
Honey Run Falls is a scenic waterfall located in Knox County, Ohio that is easy to access. From the parking lot, the waterfall is less than a 2-minute walk. There is a newly added handicap overlook with a cement walkway, but I’ll be honest, the view from the overlook isn’t great once the foliage is on the trees.
For families making a trip to the falls, Honey Run Falls is one of our favorites in Ohio because the Knox County Park District allows you to swim and climb on the waterfall! Most other waterfalls want you to stay out of the water, so this is definitely a reason to add this to your Ohio Bucket List. When we visited in mid-June, the water was probably 2-feet deep, making it a place where they could wade and play without me feeling like they were doing to die (honest talk).
What I love about this park are that the sandstone cliffs and rugged terrain are a stark contrast to the rolling hills of cornfields throughout the region, and with the shade of the trees, you won’t notice that Midwest humidity!
Also on the property is a short trail that takes you to the Kokosing River. The trail is flat and easy for kids. There is no swimming allowed at this portion of the river, as there are dangerous rip currents. The natural beauty of this area will make you want to have a seat and enjoy the trees reflecting on the water. I mean, I’m sure it’s relaxing if the kids aren’t constantly asking, “So, when can we swim in the waterfall?!”
A visit to Honey Run Falls should only take 1 hour or so, depending on how long your children want to play in the water! If you’d like to add more hiking, the Honey Run Highlands Park is an additional 300+ acres to explore. The parking lot is just across from the waterfall access.
Things to do near Honey Run Falls
If you’re visiting Amish Country, Honey Run Falls is a convenient stop on the way to or from Columbus, as the waterfall is only a couple of minutes off of US-62. Make sure you have some beach towels in the back of your car for when it’s time to dry off. If you’re adding this stop to your Amish Country Itinerary, I have many other ideas on my site – make sure you check out my ultimate list of 50 things to do in Amish Country.
The closest city to Honey Run Falls in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Families who want to spend a full day in the area will find plenty to keep them busy! We love climbing the observation tower at Ariel-Foundation Park, visiting the Dog Fountain near the Square, or stopping in Gambier for a coffee or a stroll along the Kokosing Gap Trail. Here is my full guide of things to do in Mt. Vernon & Knox County.
If you really love waterfalls, Honey Run Falls is only about 30 minutes away from the Mohican State Park Covered Bridge. It’s from this spot that you can access the Big & Little Lyons Falls trail – one that is also fairly easy for kids (Ages 5+). Here’s my full guide to Mohican State Park.
I hope this helps you plan a little getaway to one of my favorite regions of Ohio. Honey Run Falls is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the family! Pack a picnic and a swimsuit and it’s the perfect screen-free day!
BEFORE YOU GO:
Honey Run Falls is located at Honey Run Park – 10855 Hazel Dell Road, Howard, Ohio 43028. The park is open year-round but the best time for swimming would be May – October.
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