Cuyahoga Valley NP: Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is the most popular waterfall and one of the top things to see at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is 60 feet tall. A heavy rainfall can turn this normally tranquil waterfall into a raging torrent of water.

brandywine falls

When Jess and I visited the park in April 2017, Brandywine Falls was our first stop. It had poured the night before and the waterfall was huge. The water was so loud that we had to yell in order for the other to hear what we were saying.

brandywine falls boardwalk

The trail leading to the falls overlook is boardwalk and a lot of stairs. *The boardwalk is slippery when wet so be careful – I about ate it a few times.

brandywine falls platform

We got sprayed by the falls while we were standing on the platform.

brandywine falls sideview

You have the option of walking to the falls overlook and back or you can continue on and hike the 1.4 mile Brandywine Gorge Trail. Our plans to hike the trail got delayed 20 minutes because another storm was rolling in and there was a lot of lightening while we were at the viewing platform. We decided to head back to the truck and wait for it to blow over. While we waited Jess and I decided it was the perfect time for a snack – even though we’d eaten breakfast an hour before. For being two people on the petite side Jess and I sure do go through a lot of food.

Once the storm blew over, we hiked the Brandywine Gorge Trail. It is a relatively easy, flat trail with a couple hills thrown in. It intersects with other hiking trails so we kept referring to our maps to make sure we were on the right track.

I highly recommend walking the boardwalk to the overlook of Brandywine Falls. While the Brandywine Gorge Trail is pretty, it is not my favorite hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, so if you’re short on time I would skip doing the full trail.

Brandywine Falls is probably the most visited attraction at the National Park; that being said, I would recommend going there either on a weekday or early in the morning. When Shawn and I went on a Saturday afternoon, there were a ton of people, a wedding party getting pictures taking, and a girl getting her senior portraits taken. In other words, it was a zoo and we did not make it all the way to the observation area of the boardwalk nor get pictures of the waterfall. But it was neat seeing it in its calm waterfall state vs the post rainstorm raging waterfall state.

 

Brandywine Falls Address: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067

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