dogs on leash
This park along the Cuyahoga River has waterfalls, hills, trails, and displays about early rural living. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail follows the Ohio and Erie Canal, where mules towed canal boats. The park has numerous historic homes, bridges, and structures.
Saw more deer than people; 1 other hiker and 1 mountain biker. Nice trail for a walk, jog or Intervals with long flat stretches and limited up and down. Long gradual decline and incline in Valley area but other than mostly level with wide compacted trails. A few ponds, nice stands of pines, and some 13 Bridges make for interesting scenery. Several connectors give you some options to add or shorten. Didn't hit Hemlock Point, maybe next time...
As suggested by the Ranger in the visitors center, we started from the Octagon shelter parking area, which takes you right into the bottom of the ledges (best view). Today we just did the loop, but there are lots of paths in/out of the impressive rock formations. Looking forward to more exploring the next trip.
Falls are easily accessible and beautiful, but only the beginning of this trail. Follow the trail around over the top of the falls and along the river ("Brandywine Gorge", I believe it's labeled) for some truly beautiful scenery, and a trail that loops back to the falls. Short enough to not kill you, long enough for a good workout.
Agree with previous reviews about difficulty to find and difficulty to hike had there actually been much of a stream flowing, but certainly worth the trip. Park where this app takes you via maps, follow the trail, crossing over a small bridge. Head towards the overpass. Once you've gone under the overpass, you'll continue to walk a ways until seeing the Mudcatcher sign on your right. You'll cross the stream and see a path on the left of the rock formation. I hiked straight up the stream, as in early September there wasn't much to tread through. Can't speak to how it'd be with it.
A short but rewarding hike, as the falls were still beautiful despite the decreased water flow. I braved a hike up the right side of the bank (admittedly nearly a 90 degree angle) to see the top of the falls. Difficult, and I had to slide almost the entire way down to keep from falling to my death, but it was breathtaking to see the falls from the top, albeit terrifying.
Overall, definitely a hike to consider if you're up for a bit of off-roading. Photos truly don't do it justice; it is a hidden beauty.
Corey R. on Blue Hen Falls
Pretty trail. Now I need to go past the trail end!
Really great if you get creative!