Cuyahoga Valley NP: Ledges

A must do at Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hiking the Ledges Trail in the Virginia Kendall area of the park. It is actually one of my favorite trails in the Midwest.



One option for hiking the trail is to follow the sign for the Happy Days Trail to the Ledges Trail – there is a stone staircase that leads to the bottom of the rock formations.


Or you can take the connecting trail directly to the Ice Box Cave / Ledges area.

Shawn and I took the staircase when we visited and Jess and I took the connecting trail when we did the hike in April. The stone staircase is cool, but I liked the view of looking down at the rock cliffs that the connecting trail gives you. *Rock climbing is not permitted in the Ledges area.


Ice Box Cave is a cave among the Ledges that has been closed to visitors in order to protect the bats from White Nose Syndrome, a disease that has been killing off bats around the Midwest.

Walking among the rock cliffs is like the Midwest version of the slot canyons out West.




According to the park website, The Ledges Overlook is the most popular overlook in the park and is a great spot to watch the sunset.

Ledges Overlook


After the Overlook, the trail descends back down the hill and you walk along the base of the cliffs.



*** Important Note *** If you search in Maps for The Ledges or The Ledges Shelter, it will give you directions to the Kendall Maintenance Buildings (on the right hand side of the road). I have no idea why but it does. You have to continue on Truxell Road past the buildings to the second road on the left (there is a sign on the right side of the road that say Ledges and points to the road that runs to the trail-head parking lot). The first road to the left is for the Octagon Shelter.