Explore the most popular birding trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was really nice during the first part of the trail, but it got VERY heavily trafficked around Brandywine Falls, making it harder to hike at your own pace.

I like this trail and always extend it by taking the trail to Stanford House. The hike offers water views, the opportunity to get in the river, and when you head to Stanford House you go through a nice meadow as well. From Stanford House you can easily access the Tow Path and head down to Boston to hit the visitors center and park shop. I like to grab a snack and sit on the porch of the visitors center as a break before heading back.

Lots of hills! Signage was a little confusing on this trail. I wasn’t using AllTrails when we hiked it, so we did get off trail when we hit the open meadow. Eventually we found the trail again.

kicked by butt but well worth it.

Great hike even in the rain.

15 days ago

Amazing hike!! So much to see and explore along this trail... you really get a bit of everything. Bring a camera with a nice lens and capture some great nature photos with the family!!! Can't wait to go back!

love this trail

mountain biking
16 days ago

Short and sweet cruiser for the park.

17 days ago

Incredible hike. One of my favorite. Ice Box Cave was closed due to an initiative aiming to preserve the bats that inhabit the area. Saw many families and couples. Easy hike with incredible views.

19 days ago

Reminded me of Hocking Hills. Love walking amongst the giant rocks.

watch out for coyotes.

Perfect hike! Well marked, gorgeous terrain, and just a solid trail overall.

29 days ago

This ended up being 10.5 miles for us the way we went. Rather than walk most of the trail between Blue Hen Falls and Buttermilk Falls, we walked the creek where we could (thank you, Keen hiking sandals). This is an unmarked trail. When you get to Blue Hen, ignore the Trail Ends Here sign and proceed forward. Some of the climbing can be treacherous, which is why we decided to walk the creek this time around. You have to go down a steep hill to get to Buttermilk Falls. Walking the creek (it was hot out so this was good), you exit to the right and end up behind the ski lodge. Cross Riverview Rd and walk down Boston Mills Rd (there's a little store, museum, etc.). You can do a bathroom break here if you need to. Walk down Boston Mills Rd until you see the Stanford Trail sign. This is the tow path. You walk that for a short distance and you will come to a trail to the right. Take that. The rest is easy. The trail is behind Stanford House for those that aren't familiar with the area. We spend every week hiking down here so we know our way around. On the way back, instead of going back behind the lodge, again cross Riverview Rd. On the left you will see the entrance to part of the Buckeye Trail. This part is a real challenge. If you don't want that challenge you can go back the way you came. The Buckeye Trail part has a couple of really challenging hills and a steep set of stairs. Plan on an all day hike. We started at around 1 and were finished by 6:30.

Great trail.

Excellent hike. Plenty of flatter sections that allow for easy trail running. The end is 2 miles on the Tow Path.

Beautiful hike !

1 month ago

A very easy and nice trail to hike on. It was nice and flat with no major hills. Great for running on. It was also quiet and desolate. Did not see any people on the trail and had a lot of options to go onto other trails. Highly recommend for an easy 2 mile hike that is peaceful and isolated.

I did the trail from South to North, then back on the same trail. Overall I finished at 15.4 miles. Beginning 3 1/2 miles is definitely the toughest. The trail flattens out after that. This is nice if you are going out and back. Give you a nice rest for the middle 7 miles or so. I think the trail is probably closer to moderate than hard. The map made it easy to navigate. However, there is one spot where the trail has been changes. You will come to a fork with a paper sign showing the new trail. The sign is very difficult to read. At that point, go left. It will loop you around on the same trail. Great trail. Took me 6 1/2 hours to complete.

Very diverse terrain which makes for an enjoyable, rough hike

Great hike! Connected Ledges, Lake, and Salt Run Trails for 9.5 miles. The Ledges trail had a lot of interesting geology!

Great loop. We hiked this with 30lb packs as a training hike for an upcoming backpacking trip and it took us about 4 hours. Beautiful views of Blue Hen, Buttermilk and Brandywine Falls. The beginning of the trail is unmarked and took some navigating. It was also confusing once we came out at Brandywine ski resort. We ended up back on the buckeye trail instead of the towpath and had to do some back tracking. Otherwise it was a Beautiful and challenging hike!

very fun and beautiful trail. the falls are beautiful to see at any time of year. trail has multiple access points to enter to play in/Wade in the river. most times we have visited we were able to watch great blue harons fishing.

1 month ago

neat trail that winds around and through some neat rock formations, very pretty. dog / kid friendly

Nice trail. One hilly part but the rest is not too tough. Interesting mix of young forest types and habitats. Passes through some genuinely beautiful areas, but also some heavily impacted/recovering ones. The freeway and the railroad are rarely out of earshot.

1 month ago

Lovely easy trail along the ledges of large rock formations. The stairway created by the civilian conservation corps is really cool and worth checking out. The signage can be confusing. We ended up doing a loop on the happy days trail and then back on track with the ledges.

nature trips
1 month ago

Great trail for all levels of experience. The trail markings are a little confusing. We figured out that the Stanford trail splits off into the Brandywine trail and were fine from there. Has a decent incline for a quick trail. The falls really were gorgeous. You take a nice boardwalk/stairs down to two different observation decks. There are signs not to climb down to the water but several people were down there so we climbed down too. It was slippery and I fell down once but my goodness you can’t beat the view.
Everything was very well maintained. The bathrooms were clean and eco-friendly. There were trail maps and state park brochures for taking. We were very impressed.

The first two miles have the most elevation change so it's the most difficult part. After that it levels off and becomes easy.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great trail for running and hiking. It is mostly flat and doesn't have many roots or big rocks. It's best to go to the left down the big hill first so you don't have to hike a big hill at the end. The trail is near a road for a little bit but you quickly lose it. Not very crowded and it is very shady and cool. Highly recommend for running.

We loved this trail. Plenty of parking and a number of options for a short walk on the Oak Hill trail or at a number of places move onto the longer Plateau trail. Mostly under the trees and passing two lakes we passed a number of joggers and people walking their dogs.

1 month ago

First time and loved it. Took a couple of hundred pictures and finished in 2-1/2 hours. Well maintained trail.

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