Blue Hen to Buttermilk Falls

MODERATE 186 reviews

Blue Hen to Buttermilk Falls is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brecksville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

views

waterfall

muddy

old growth

over grown

off trail

hiking
1 day ago

Quick and accessible trail leading to a beautiful water fall.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike really is two parts, the really pretty waterfall right at the beginning and then a trek through the woods following the stream. Both are interesting but plan for a short hike if you are only interested in the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

So I would like this trail more if there wasn’t so many people out there all crowding around the falls. It’s hard to take pics when everyone else is taking photos and videos and live tweeting and Instagram and tumblr and whatever else they use to show their friends what they are doing. I just walk through the river to get to the Buttermilk Falls. Just make sure you wear non slip shoes and don’t mind getting wet. It’s very beautiful here. Here’s a tip. Climb to the top of where Buttermilk Falls are and you will get to the ski lodge. There’s no one there so it’s interesting to see when it’s empty. Great photo opportunities too.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure you go past the "End of Blue Hen Trail" and out another mile to the even better falls. Even today with all of the rain and snow lately the path was fine, but the water level was a bit higher than normal so we had to find alternate path.

A bit difficult (in comparison to other paths around) and muddy but an awesome trail!

2 months ago

A great lightly traveled trail with a major payoff at the end and plenty of challenge along the way. Wear waterproof boots!

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty and easy hike

2 months ago

Quick 1/6mi hike to blue hen falls

3 months ago

Can be slippery around either falls in winter. Getting down below either falls to take pictures should be done with care due to steep areas. It’s better to go a bit down stream and work your way back than to risk a fall. Can be muddy or wet. Crossing stream is required to get to the lower falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Once again it was a beautiful trail, however some of the inclines might make it to difficult for small children. The water fall it self can be accessed from the road so taking the whole trail isn’t necessary in that case. Waterfall is smaller but is just as beautiful as the larger ones.

hiking
3 months ago

I did it two weeks in a row. The first week everything was frozen and ice covered. It was very difficult to get down some of the hills, but, the creek was very easy to cross because it was frozen. The next week, it was in the 70's so everything was melted and it was very muddy. The creek was running high because of recent rain so, of course, the boots got wet. Misjudged where to step one time and ended up with water in the boots. It's a nice somewhat challenging trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

It can be very secluded if you go at the right times. Really beautiful waterfalls and streams running through this area. One of my favorites.

hiking
7 months ago

Took my kids on this hike 10,9, and 5). We had a great time!

7 months ago

This is our favorite little waterfall hike! Short hike to Blue Hen Falls (perfect for our 5 and 2.5 year old), and so much to explore and do!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a quick, easy hike and it is nice to be able to get up close to the waterfall. I arrived a little after 1100 on a weekday and was able to have the view to myself for the most part.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

short hike, nice falls with little water flow although it's been raining all day?.

9 months ago

Fun! Took my two huskies and we ventured off path a bit! Easy trail!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was very EASY , extremely minimal elevation gain. Wear shoes that you wouldn't mind getting wet or muddy. You can climb down to the falls if you have decent shoes and balance. If you keep going past the falls on the trail, you will follow along a nice trail along the creek. There are a few areas where you climb over a fallen tree, or hop over a few stones in a creek. There was hardly anyone there when we went on a Tuesday. We parked across the street and that didn't add much time to the hike. Very beautiful and almost anyone could see the falls, although it is not a handicapped accessible trail due to roots, rocks, and some downhill/uphill.

hiking
10 months ago

We absolutely love this one! No signs are posted about it so make sure you go past the final bench at Blue Hen falls to start this hike. You will have to cross the water (simple bc there are rocks to walk across) a couple of times to get to Buttermilk Falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Only put 3 stars because I didn't think the actual hike part was interesting until you get to the end where you can climb down and see the creek and waterfall from the bottom. Easy though!

10 months ago

Worth the walk. May get wet from waterfalls so go on a warm day.

11 months ago

Amazing short hike with views

11 months ago

One of the better hikes in CVNP. We've done this trail a number of times. In the winter, near the falls area, the rock walls can turn into ice walls.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a nice little hike, which is connected to a additional trails.

11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Note: It does required crossing over the creek several times and as of May 2017 there were a few larger logs that required navigating over. Some of the banks of the creek can be quite steep and the depending on rain the creek could be higher / lower. Just wanted to caution anyone before they headed out on this hike. I'd recommend water resistant boots and trekking poles.

The fun really starts at the "End of Trail" sign as you make your way through the woods to Buttermilk Falls. Overall a really fun hike that my family went on as I carried our 14 month on my back in our hiking pack.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Follow the trail just past where it says it ends. Took the kids, and walked along the creek bed, and climbed up to and behind the waterfall. We all really enjoyed it.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I have hiked to blue hen falls many times doing day hike along the buckeye trail. My person favorite time to go was a really cold day this winter and Blue Hen and the other waterfall were all frozen. The stream was frozen too and made for some great pictures. Would recommend going during a weekday. Weekend nights the lots are packed for it.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Great, easy hike. Lovely falls -- especially in winter.

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