Hike the Ledges Trail

Ohio Ledges Trailhead

Added by Andrew Gacom

Awesome views of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, huge boulders, 100ft+ of rock faces - only spot in northern Ohio that rivals the beauty of the ever so popular Hocking Hills.

Drive and park in the area shown on the map. If you are in the parking lot near a big open field, you made it to the right place. There are two ways to take the trail from here, south or north. I suggest that you go North first (towards the shelter area). Follow this trail into the woods and it will take you down and alongside the ginormous rock faces. In the summer time it can get chilly near the rocks since there are caverns and crevices people can go through. This trail is very simple and easy to follow. In order to get the good pictures and a better experience leave the trail!! There are walkways and areas where one can climb in between the ginormous rock faces. Make sure you have hiking boots with nice tread, the area can get slippery if its wet and there are exposed tree roots everywhere.

There is a spot halfway through the trail head where if you go between the two rock faces, you will see ancient carvings inside - pictures shown up top. You are near the end of the trail when you start to go back up hill - you may be tired at this point but keep pushing!! The best view is at the very end of the trail - the overlook!

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Snacks
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Light gear in the summer (it can get very humid here)
  • Headlamp if you go in the Ice Cave
  • Winter time - snow pants, snow boots, heavy jacket, beanie
  • Photographers: tripod, ND filter, wide angle lens
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Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

400 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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about 2 months ago

One of the Best Overlooks in Ohio

Ohio's not known for its great overlooks, but of the few that we have, this is definitely at the top of the list. It can be crowded own a nice day, but that doesn't detract from the beauty thats there. Plus, crowds are kind of expected since it sits smack dab between Cleveland and the Akron/Canton region. Visit in the fall when the whole valley is ablaze with autumn color, its a must see autumnal Ohio destination!

about 2 months ago

4 months ago

My Favorite Trail

What a scene this trail holds all the way throughout. The structures you see are incredible. I discovered this adventure spot because of this post, so thank you! Planning to go again soon!

4 months ago

5 months ago

Great hike

This is a really fun hike it a beautiful part of Ohio, definitely check this out. The view from the top is pretty great too.

5 months ago

8 months ago

Amazing Hike On A Warm Winter Day

Even though this loop is only 1.75 miles, we spent two hours exploring every nook and cranny of rock on the trail. There were exquisite views in the winter, with green moss-covered rocks set against expanses of brown empty trees. Overall, an easy but beautiful trail.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Perfect And Accessible

Great spot in NEO. Easy and accessible hike for all levels and ages. The overlook is a must see in the fall - following the trail you can start or end there. I suggest making this your last stop. Have fun poking around the rock formations towards the bottom of the hill. Climbing is prohibited though.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Overlook Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This is an awesome adventure! I have explored the ledges multiple times and it's one of my adventures on here. It's a great adventure in all seasons.

9 months ago

Added by Andrew Gacom

Award winning Photographer | Cleveland, OH. - This is life through my lens - Nikon D810 - Wilderness Explorer - #AdventureIsOutThere

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