Hike to Brandywine Falls

4.5 Miles Round Trip - 300 ft gain - Loop Trail

Towpath Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Rachel Miller

You can start this 4.5 mile loop from a backcountry, primitive campsite. Hike along gorgeous woodland trails to incredible views of one of Ohio's most beautiful waterfalls.

CVNP only has one designated camping area with five sites, located behind the Stanford House. The Conservancy for CVNP runs the reservations, and they fill up quickly so plan ahead (I made my reservation about 2 months in advance, and it was the earliest I could get in). There is a parking lot at the Stanford House, but backcountry campers can't leave their cars there overnight, so you can park at the Boston Store trailhead and hike up the Towpath Trail about a half mile with your gear.

From the Towpath Trail, you will see signs for the Stanford House and camping; there is a short connector trail that takes you right to the house. Once there, follow signs for camping to the meadows behind the house. The campsite is a small circle surrounded by fields, close to the trees but open to the sky. They have bear poles for food and there is a portable toilet, but you have to pack out all trash.

The campsites are located right on the Stanford Trail, so once your site is settled, get your trail shoes on and get going! You will hike a gradual uphill, well-marked trail through fields and then beautiful forests for about a mile and a half. This trail is one of the most scenic in the park, and it was very quiet even on a Saturday.

The Stanford Trail runs right into the Brandywine Gorge Trail - you'll see a sign indicating that the Falls are 1/4 mile away if you stay on the Stanford Trail, or 1 mile away if you take the Gorge Trail - take it!!! It's a tougher hike but so worth it. You'll start in the woods and need to cross a stream. The bridge was out when I went, but the stream is relatively easy to cross between the rocks and fallen trees. Once you are on the other side of the stream, you will begin an immediate, steep ascent for about a half mile. Enjoy the sound of the waterfall as you hike!

When you get to the top of the Falls, you'll see a paved walking and biking path with a boardwalk leading off to the right. Take the boardwalk down LOTS of steps for an absolutely magical view of the waterfall, and enjoy the moment!

Return up the boardwalk to the paved trail, and follow it as it winds around the other side of the Falls. You'll meet up with the Stanford Trail again, which will take you back into the woods and home sweet campsite :).

Tags

Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

Details

4.5 Miles
300 ft elevation gain
Loop Trail

Stay Nearby

Streetsboro, Ohio

Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA

Homerville, Ohio

Homerville KOA

Thompson Township, Ohio

Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Buckeye Towpath Loop

7.85 Miles Round Trip - 546 ft gain

Hike to Blue Hen Falls

1 Miles Round Trip - 0 ft gain

Hike the Salt Run Trail

4.2 Miles Round Trip - 452 ft gain

More Nearby Adventures

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Easily the best waterfall in Ohio. It's hard to get a great photo because of the surrounding structures but using the wooden walkway in your composition lends to more interesting images.