Top Adventures in Independence

  • Bike along the Cuyahoga River via Lock 39 Trailhead

    The best way to tack the Towpath Trail along the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal is by peddling it. Start at the Lock 39 Trailhead going south toward the Botzum Trailhead early in the morning before the crowds to ride upstream is the best way t...

    36 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike Chippewa Creek

    Park at the Chippewa Gorge Scenic Overlook and then take the trail south into the woods. About 1/4 mile in just past the covered picnic tables, there will be a slope to the left. This slope is not steep whatsoever and is very easy to take. Take ...

    1.5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike to Linda Falls

    Start out on All Purpose Trail, then take Buckeye Trail to the falls. The trail will lead alongside the ravine before reaching Linda Falls. This waterfall does not flow year-round, so be sure to head out after a period of heavy rain. A trail map i...

    2 miles 30 ft gain

  • Hike the Sagamore Creek Loop

    This hike features a small waterfall, as well as views along and above the creek. The trail involves one creek crossing. A trail map is available here.

    3.6 miles 373 ft gain

  • Hike to Contour Falls

    This hike begins at the trail-head of Cuyahoga National Park. Once arrived, you will cross a bridge overlooking the Cuyahoga River. You will take the tow-path left, and follow it under the Route 82 bridge (you will pass a manmade waterfall on your...

    1 miles

  • Hike the Bridal Veil Falls and Tinkers Creek Loop

    This popular waterfall and gorge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are linked by an easy, well-maintained trail. Both attractions are deserving sights – Bridal Veil Falls measures 15 ft tall, with multiple shale layers creating the veiled effec...

    4.1 miles 321 ft gain

  • Hike up Brandywine Creek to Brandywine Falls

    You first park in the Brandywine Falls picnic area shown there on the map. There are three ways you go can go right off the start. You want to take the trail to the left named the "Stanford Trail." The trail consists of medium to large stones t...

    2 miles

  • Hike the Buckeye Towpath Loop

    Plan to park at the Boston Store Visitor Center. From here, head west on W Boston Mill Road, crossing over the Cuyahoga River, where you'll pick up the Buckeye Trail just after the train tracks on your left-hand side. Follow the Buckeye Trail cros...

    7.85 miles 546 ft gain

  • Hike to Brandywine Falls

    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 e...

    4.5 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike to Blue Hen Falls

    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 ...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Kayak on the Cuyahoga River

    See Cleveland from a new perspective by kayaking the Cuyahoga River through the Flats neighborhood of Cleveland. You can rent the kayaks or bring your own and depart from a boat launch in the area. It is a very scenic and picturesque paddle, altho...

  • Photograph Lake Erie at Edgewater Park

    Lake Erie off of Cleveland has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Midwest! Bring your camera to Edgewater Park to capture the sun setting from land (free and easy parking), or kayak on the lake and get an encompassing view of the City at sun...

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