Hike to Blue Hen Falls

Ohio Blue Hen Falls Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    0 Feet

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Are you looking for one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Northeast Ohio? Look no further, Blue Hen Falls is known to be one of the prettiest waterfalls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Within Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies an amazing little waterfall known as Blue Hen Falls. There are few parking spots at the given address but there is an overflow lot right across the street. After parking you will descend down a semi steep hill and arrive at a bridge. Once you cross the bridge you will see to your left a trial that leads to the Buckeye Trail and to your right the falls. Turn right and you will arrive at a wooden fence that lines the edge of the small gorge that the waterfall flows into. From the fence you can see the spectacular views of the falls. At this location there are a couple of chairs to relax among the peaceful sounds of the Blue Hen Falls and wildlife nearby. (The more adventurous can easily walk to the around the "L" shaped fence and get closer to the falls for great picture opportunities... WARNING the rocks nearing the falls are slippery!)

Pack List

This hike is not strenuous and is just around a mile overall (unless you proceed onto the Buckeye State Trail which is longer). For a hike to Blue Hen Falls I personally recommend packing light.

  • Water bottles (no trash cans on site so PLEASE DO NOT LITTER)
  • Proper attire for the weather conditions
  • Cameras to capture the falls
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This was a fun hike we completed with our boys (3, 7, and 9). The hike to Blue Hen Falls is approximately a 0.5 mile roundtrip. The official trail ends at a few benches with a nice vantage point of the falls and is also marked by a sign stating “End of Trail”. There is an unofficial trail past the “End of Trail” sign that is well defined and will lead you to Buttermilk Falls which is not shown on the National Park map. The trail essentially follows the stream but you do have 2-3 stream crossings to complete which were easy enough with fallen trees and rocks in the stream. The hike to Buttermilk Falls will add another mile onto your roundtrip total. We had a great time on this hike exploring the falls. Two things I would like to note. As stated in the Adventure posting, please exercise caution if you are exploring near the top of the waterfall. We almost witnessed someone fall from the top due to slipping on the rocks. And finally, if you have any valuables in your vehicle hide them out of plain sight and lock your vehicle. There was a park ranger at the trailhead that informed us that there have been several vehicle break-ins throughout the park where a vehicle’s window was smashed and pursues, etc. were stolen.

16 days ago
16 days ago

Only had about an hour to check out the park so I stopped here and at Brandywine Falls. Between the two, I enjoyed this one more. Small, intimate, and still fairly complex. There was cool geology to check out and plenty of angles for photography.

28 days ago
28 days ago

Nice little hike to the waterfall. In and out in under an hour.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This is a pretty short, really fun hike. Try it out if you have time!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great, short hike. I had the most fun watching my dog play under the waterfalls. Hike down the river and you will not be disappointed.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Bathed in the waterfalls and cloned to the top for a breathtaking view, had so much fun, I'm definitely going again!!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a short hike (if you're just going for the falls). You can hike down the steep hill to get down to the falls or you can stay up top and observe. This is best after heavy rains.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This hike is awesome! Super easy to do and an awesome place to sit and enjoy a packed lunch!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Blue hen is nice, but follow the creeks path all the way to buttermilk falls and you will not be disappointed

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Cameron Kennedy

Explorer. Backpacker. Photographer.

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