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Blue Hen Falls

Peninsula, Ohio

based on 14 reviews



2.87 miles

Elevation Gain

518 ft

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Added by Cameron Kennedy

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!)

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A CVNP favorite. It’s beautiful and a great family hike.

The trail is closed for a major upgrade. https://www.nps.gov/cuva/learn/news/cuyahoga-valley-national-park-to-temporarily-close-buckeye-trail-section-and-blue-hen-falls.htm

This trail is a great way to see a beautiful waterfall. Start at the park's visitor center, which is really nice and worth a stop. Then you'll hike 1.5 miles one way through the forest to the falls. I gave the trail 4 starts because I did this trail after a rain storm, and the trail was extremely muddy.

I wasn't expecting the falls to be as pretty as they are. Thankfully, numerous thunderstorms had rolled through earlier in the day so there was plenty of water for photos. The hike is easy and the view is impressive!

My friends and I stayed here for a few hours and just enjoyed the water. We went in barefoot but I wouldn't recommend it because you can cut your toes like we did! There are larger rocks that we sat on to enjoy our lunch. I can't wait to go back!

Nice hike! Water is really flowing right now! Made hike to buttermilk falls too! Had some fun river crossings! Good times!!!

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.

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.

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

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

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