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

Plan ahead for this one. I did not plan as well as I should and was caught off guard by the strenuous terrain. I did the whole 8.1 mile loop in 4.5 hrs which was rough. Definitely want to plan some longer stops along the way to relax and enjoy it a bit. Told my wife about it and now she wants to go back and try it, which we will probably do this fall after it cools off a bit.

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13 hours ago

Good hike to beautiful views of the falls and mountains. Well worth the time.

hiking
17 hours ago

Great hike and decent workout. The only bad thing i would say is that parking at Jones Gap sucks. Make sure you get there early or you will be waiting a long time for a parking spot.

This trail is just under 8 miles from parking lot to parking lot. We went clockwise, down Dismal and up Naturaland trail. There’s a cool foot bridge at the bottom. The Naturaland trail between the two bridges can be a little brutal, very steep, but not bad. My wife and I had no trouble with trekking poles, though there are a few scrambles. Take bug spray, food, and 2-3 liters of water. We did the loop in about 4:45, taking our time and stopping for lunch.

Fantastic views, worth the climb. Starts off flat, becomes very rocky and steep with lots of roots. Loved it!!!

Did this rocky hike with the best friend and pup! Spray yourself with bug spray prior. The trail was lined with the river/creek for most of the way up, and there were multiple bridges that were great for the views. 10/10 would recommend!! It took us about 3 hours and 15 mins but we hung out at the waterfall for an hour.

My first hike with two of my teenage children. Was perfect for us in terms of difficulty but disappointing that you still need to take a longer trail to get down to the falls themselves. We will make the longer hike to get there for sure.

Well marked trail. Strenuous at times - but worth the view of the falls once you arrive.

Only downfall was having to wait 30 min to even get into the park due to it being at capacity.

Not a bad hike, 4.4 miles total, the trail is narrow in some areas and lots of tree roots. Not very small dog friendly, too many obstacles to jump over. The waterfall is big and beautiful but it is very far away from the viewing/overlook area. Lots of parking space and there was a lot of people were on the trail, high foot traffic trail.

16 days ago

This trail is gate locked and CLOSED all summer. Serious bummer and lack of information about this trail.

Use a TRAIL MAP. makes for a great day of hiking. dont wander around lost trying to figure out which blaze to follow. white,blue,orange, red pink,purple ..know before you go and enjoy !! :)

Enjoyable early AM solo hike on a foggy weekday summer morning. I started out a little after 7:00 AM and other than passing one group on my way out, I had the trail completely to myself. I had to wait for the clouds and fog to clear to see falls from observation deck but it was definitely worth it. The observation deck isn't very close to the falls (maybe 1/4 mile) but I had read this so it wasn't too disappointing but be prepared. The fog and mist made for a really interesting hike with lots of neat photo ops, just not a long, clear view of the falls. It was like hiking in the clouds.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked this with my kids on a hot summer afternoon. It's an interesting hike with lots of different views. The lower section along the river is woodsy and pretty traveling along the river. Then you go uphill (and more uphill) giving you some expansive mountain views and some interesting giant rock faces. The falls are beautiful, but when we got to the top we heard music...large group of middle school age campers blaring not-so-great music and hanging out. Still worth it though. It's a heck of a lot quicker getting back to the bottom than making the climb!

I stopped to do this trail as I was passing through the area, and it was well worth it. First, know that they do require you to pay $2 for a permit at the trailhead which you have to display in your car. I didn't realize this and didn't have any $1 bills with me. The trail itself really has it all - steep ascents and descents, gradual ascents and descents, technical terrain with rocks and roots, waterfalls, streams, a suspension bridge, a wooden bridge, and a lot of obstacles (mostly fallen trees) to climb over and crawl under. I highly recommend doing the loop clockwise so that you do the steep sections before you reach the suspension bridge. Once you're at the bridge you feel like you've really accomplished something, and then you have a fairly easy route back to your car. I can't imagine having to do the steepest sections at the end. For those interested in trail data, my garmin says it was 7.7 miles and 2,438 feet of elevation gain. I jogged the flats and downhills and slowly plodded on the uphills, and I completed the loop in about 2 hrs 15 mins.

problem is...... they do not open the park until 9AM!

Nice little swimming hole for little ones. Decent hike

I did this trail today for the second time. It was the first time for my dog and a friend who came along. All three of us definitely felt the difficulty of scrambling over boulders and rock stairs, but that was part of the fun of it. Trekking poles help, I wouldn’t do it without them. It’s a beautiful trail, with a lot of variety of terrain, and will certainly give you a work out.

Awesome hike with an amazing waterfall at the end. You might have to wait an hour in front of the park because of limited parking spaces. You can spend that time talking to the park rangers about the hike options. After walking around 1 mile from the parking, you will reach an inter section from where the trail divides into two part. The right red trail is the rainbow falls trail. If you take the left blue one, you can go to jones gap falls about a mile ahead. The rainbow falls hike is moderate in the first half, then will get a little hard and the last stretch will get easy. Will not recommend small children as there are too many big rocks and then can hurt themselves. Also the steep incline in the middle can be difficult for the small children.Overall the hike is good and the waterfall at the end is refreshing!!

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail, but there is not a sign for the trail. you must first begin on another trail that forks in two directions, continue on the right to reach the falls.
Challenging hike with uneven terrain, but worth it in the end. It took me about 2 hours to complete with a few short breaks on the way up.
This trail ended up being a little bit over 5 miles, not 4.3 like this app says.

Awesome trial with well marked trials.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail, especially for out of shape women! Several waterfalls on the way to the lovely namesake! Lots of rain lately and all the water was rushing throughout the park. Recommend an early start to avoid the afternoon crowds on weekends.

One of the most beautifully crafted nature trails. Not the longest or steepest, but a great workout with a wonderful reward.....

I took my 2 dogs on a Sunday and saw no humans for the first 3 hours. Unfortunately, I got lost, and ended up on some sort of road, passed a house, heard 276 traffic and knew I was near civilization. Thankfully, I had plenty of water. Got to the hwy. and then had to try to figure out which way to Raven Falls parking lot, yes, I had no paper guides and just tried to use common sense, following the sun. I was struggling with the walk toward my car, as the road is very busy, and the narrow shoulders were scary. Finally, I figured I'd better save down a car, which I did and a very sweet guy stopped, said Yes, we WERE heading in correct direction, about 3/4 of a mile ahead. At first I turned down the ride he (and 4 other men) offered, then thought I'd certainly better take him up on that ride, as walking the road was treacherous. Got safely to car. Unlocked vehicle, DEAD BATTERY! So, I waited. 2 other cars were parked there. Mind you, it was no 7:30, park closing at 8. A nice solo hiker and his dog appeared and he kindly jumped my car, and my dead battery came on, whew. Forgot to mention, that, of course, NO cell service going on here...
Let me make a suggestion, too, that the trail blazers NOT be red and orange, so close together, makes for some confusion. We were hopelessly lost for a good while. I DID see 3 hikers on trail, after the initial beginning where several folks were around, but for most part, my 15 lb rat terrier, and 55 lb mixed-breed Norwegian Elk Hound had the forest to ourselves. Passing by the Lieutenant sheer rock faces was beautiful and, surprisingly, the dogs navigated those rocks well. I suggest having paper guides on hand. I won't go in those woods again without them, as it's way too easy to lose your way. I am in decent shape, but, seriously, I was starting to wonder if I could keep going. My legs began feeling like rubber, it was wild.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

It was HARD!!! But definitely worth it

Did this trail with my kids and we loved it! Difficult in areas but worth it in the end!

What an amazing place. Pictures cannot do justice to the scale of Rainbow Falls. Getting there is quite an uphill journey, but well worth it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike today with two I teenage girls and two dogs. This was HARD!!! I thought I was in better shApe. I’m not. I had to take many breathers, BUT it was SO worth it!!!! The falls were. Amazing. Nice cool breeze and beautiful falls. We took 3 1/2 hours.

This is one of my all time favorite trails. It’s a moderate out and back but fairly strenuous if you take the Dismal trail to make it a loop. There are a few excellent spots for picnics and swimming above the falls and the view from the suspension bridge can’t be beat. Definitely bring plenty of water and something to eat.

My favorite for a day of ball-busting exercise. Regardless of my fitness level, I have always been drenched in sweat, and exhausted by the time I reach the parking areas. Everything up until Bill Kimball is pretty easy/flat. The first bit of Bill Kimball is pretty flat, and a little overgrown in area, though well blazed. But once you start ascending, it’s 35 minutes of exhilarating torture.

I recommend hiking from Jones Gap to Coldspring Branch to Bill Kimball and out in a clockwise fashion. Making Bill Kimball a steep ascent rather than descent. Make sure you have water.

Beautiful!

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