Explore the most popular river trails near Brecksville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

PLEASE DO NOT GO HERE, PER CVNP: CVNP resource managers and rangers have noted a huge increase in foot traffic to an area in the park known as Twin Sisters Falls. This area has long been a lightly visited off-trail drainage containing a small waterfall and high quality riparian habitat. Recently, a social trail with ropes and roughly constructed steps has appeared. The area is now, for the first time, littered with trash. This drainage is one of the few riparian zones in the park relatively free of damage and has been used as a baseline for habitat monitoring. Unprecedented resource damage is occurring literally in front of our eyes. We are also very concerned about the potential for injuries to hikers in what has always been a trail-less area. Due to the steep and remote nature of the falls, it is likely that a technical rescue would be necessary to evacuate any non-ambulatory patient.

We are requesting persons providing guidance to the public on how to access this trail-less area to voluntarily remove those instructions.

A big part of the mission of the National Park Service is to preserve special places. Finding ourselves in the position of having to close an area in order to protect it is very troubling. This request is being made in the spirit of helping the National Park Service fulfill its mission to this and future generations. Any assistance from you would be greatly appreciated.

Should you have any questions or concerns or need further information please do not hesitate to contact us at any time, by emailing cuva_social_media@nps.gov or cuva_info@nps.gov. Thank you.

Very diverse terrain which makes for an enjoyable, rough hike

This seemed shorter than 2.7 miles! Not difficult, could be challenging for some when climbing over logs blocking the riverbed. There are definitely dogs allowed in the park, despite the tag on this page. The instructions for how to get to the site were super helpful:

Basically you're going to walk under the second bridge and keep going down that trail until you see a sign on the right that says Mudcatcher. Cross the little stream and go up the hill, and there's a path behind the dam. Then follow the riverbed!

The Twin Sisters were more like trickles when we went, but I'm definitely going back in the winter when they are frozen!

9 days ago

Always like it!

Good 4 mile trail. Some hills, 1 or 2 river crossings

Great hills to climb for a nice workout for a beginner.

great vertical and trail is in good shape thanks to the kind people that run the BT50K.

Nice section of the buckeye trail. We started out later in the day around 5pm, took about 2hrs 15 min. Since it was later when we finished at Brecksville Station, we decided to catch the Towpath trail back to our start...which was about 3 miles back instead of the 7 miles if we took the Buckeye trail back.

hiking
29 days ago

This was an awesome hike. Very hilly terrain. Great scenery and good trail. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because there were a few moments where the trail markers were unclear. Also, you do have to cross a few streets, but it is mostly deep woods.

The whole trail is almost 5 miles, lots of hills! Great workout, and once you get past the nature center and construction it becomes peaceful and not too many people. You cross a few roads on the trail and walk along the path nearing the road for a few minutes, but mostly hiking in the woods. Lots of markers to keep you on track, and not end up lost or onto another path, like I do sometimes, lol. Some steep cliffs so be careful. Oh and I saw a coyote!

Fun, quick hike.

What a great trail to get a workout on. I went South to North and then back on the towpath. There were a lot of up and downs, water crossings, and wild life. It was absolutely beautiful, very few people too. It was quite muddy and I didn't like going through the Brecksville part of it but still a great trail.

1 month ago

Great!

Beautiful views. Fairly easy in our opinion; it was me, my husband and our 1.5y old(the hubs wore her). There was a few trees to climb over, we walked what looked like was once the bottom of the river for some time(probably has more water during heavy rains I’d imagine) some places had a good amount of water. I’d like to do it again when there’s more rain!

Nice hike and had an had an unusual event at the end. There was a guy proposing to his girlfriend She said YES!!

Really enjoyed this trail. Creek crossings, cave, waterfalls, lots of wildlife...what more could you ask for?!?

nice challenging hike to get to a beautiful destination

A good workout.

This was a lot of fun and was definitely rewarding at the end. It was a bit busier when we were there but overall great hike. Also remember good hiking shoes because it does get wet and slippery!

trail running
3 months ago

Pretty good trail run. A few stairs and a half mile hill to challenge you. Some parts were very muddy but it’s rain season

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty boring trail. Not worth the drive.

one of our favorites to revisit & see how much water is up there. we find it easiest to hike thru the water once you go up where the mud catcher is

hiking
3 months ago

Ok. Did this trail last week. Why? I won’t be doing it again. There’s nothing to see here folks.

hiking
3 months ago

I just rucked here the other day. I had 55lbs in my bag. It’s an easy trail and it’s pretty but leaves you wanting lots more. Lots lots more. Brecksville Reservation is pretty amazing but this trail isn’t. There.

only hiked about first half mile or so. a lot of the trail very muddy with some parts leaving trail to walk around standing water. we left because we going late but also because it was so muddy from run off. spring beauties, Colt's foot, and trout lilies are out. beautiful spring day.

Nice walk. Not on most popular trails which have you a chance to enjoy beautiful nature by yourself

trail running
3 months ago

Muddy, obstacles, and awesome!

I live close to this trail. It is closed due to a renovation project that is underway now. There are three bridges that have been close for many years and deemed unsafe. These bridges will be removed and one new bridge built. They are removing trees now and re-routing the hiking route. You can still access the connector trail from the bike and hike to the tow path however.

Nice trail, not always marked well, but the path is well worn. Very muddy right now, “cave” is a lot smaller than I thought but still nice. Decent elevation, especially for Ohio.

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