When you think of Ohio, you probably think of football, rock and roll, and epic chili dogs. But there's a lesser known, but no less important aspect of the Buckeye State that often gets overlooked, and that's the naturally beautiful scenery it has to offer.
It may be 34th largest state in area, but in beauty it's right up there at the top—especially when you take into account all of Ohio's magical waterfalls. The most scenic views of the state's most beautiful wilderness areas can be found around these waterfalls.
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Best part? There's bound to be at least one waterfall that is close to home.
1. Cedar Falls // Hocking Hills State Park
This stunning natural wonder is around 50 feet high and cascades down into a beautiful water pool below. There's also a small grotto to explore and since it's a lesser known place for tourists, it's privacy just adds to its serenity.
2. Ludlow Falls // Miami County
This is one of those hidden gems that you'd miss completely if you weren't looking for it. Ludlow Falls is in the town of the same name and although it's on the smaller side, it doesn't sacrifice in the beauty department.
3. Upper Falls // Hocking Hills State Park
This picturesque spot in Hocking Hills State Park will make you feel like you stepped out of the states and into a tropical paradise. With the stunning shallow blue waters and insanely cool rock formation under the cascade, it offers a serene cool down on a hot summers day.
4. Old Man's Cave/Lower Falls // Hocking Hills State Park
Another great hidden gem in Hocking Hills is the Lower Falls in Old Man's Cave. The turquoise waters below the soft cascade are beautiful for an afternoon break and the scenic surroundings will make you feel like you're in a fairytale forest.
5. Crown Hill Falls // Twinsburg
With a calm cascade from atop the 18-foot waterfall, this secret waterfall is hidden inside the Crown Hill Cemetary. It offers shallow waters and a beautiful 10-foot crest for when you want to hide out under the sun in between dips.
6. Paine Falls Park // Painesville
The calm waters beneath this two-tier waterfall are so inviting you'll want to jump right in after hiking the trail to get there! With a stunning view of the park around you and a rock formation creating the shallow cascade of water, this spot is a must-see!
7. Hayden Run Falls // Columbus
Tucked away in a more populated area of Columbus is Hayden Run Falls. The 25-foot waterfall cascades into a beautiful rock gorge area perfect for a dip. It's one of Columbus' best-kept secrets, and even has a boardwalk for easy access.
8. Indian Run Falls // Dublin
For the more adventurous, people jump into the water at Indian Run Falls. This spot offers enough height for brave explorers to do some cool jumps into the waters below but isn't that deep so be careful when jumping.
9. Dundee Falls // Dundee
This 15-foot marvel of a waterfall is so beautiful it's almost a crime not to go and see it. With a stunning cascade of water into a calm pool below, and even a grotto-cave like area behind the fall of the water, this place is a must see!
10. Robinson Falls/Corkscrew Falls // Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve
This naturally tunneled waterfall formation is something straight out of a dream! The almost-clear blue water will make you feel like you stepped right onto a tropical island and into a hidden wonder. This seriously hidden gem is waterfall perfection!
11. Buckeye Falls // Sharonsville
This waterfall may be small but it is mighty when it comes to scenic beauty and relaxing tranquility. Located in the Sharon Woods, the calm rushing waters of the falls into the pool below are perfect for those hot summer days.
12. Ash Cave Falls// Hocking Hills State Park
This stunning cave waterfall is over 90 feet tall and is the largest of its kind in the entire Eastern United States. The water level can get pretty low so if you're planning on dipping your toes, try to do so after a heavy rain for a really warm pool adventure.
13. Lantermans Falls // Youngstown
This 15-foot plunge waterfall lands in the Mill Creek in Youngstown and is the perfect place for a little scenic walk. With the juxtaposition of the mill in the background and the natural scenery surrounding it, it's a real treat for the eyes.
14. Honey Run Waterfalls // Howard
This stunning 20-foot waterfall is super easy to get to via a short trail from the parking lot. The shallow pool at the bottom can dry up so it's best to hit this spot up after a really heavy rain.
15. Indian Point Falls // Painesville
This waterfall is a bit harder to get to but the adventure becomes well worth it once you reach the destination. Its highest point is 15 feet with a 10-foot crest and the calm waters below the modest cascade are perfect for wading.
16. West Milton Cascades // West Milton
This waterfall is 20 feet at it's highest point and has several cascading tiers down to the bottom.
17. Chagrin Falls // Chagrin Falls
This suburban waterfall is located in the town of the same name and is just below the Main Street Bridge. The 20-foot falls are stunning with rushing water into the calm pool below. It's even located right next to an ice cream shop for a cool snack.
18. Cedarcliff Falls // Cedarville
This 25-foot waterfall has two bodies of water. One is located at the top where the calm waters meet the cliff and rush off, and one is at the bottom of the falls.
19. Brandywine Falls // Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This waterfall is a whopping 60 feet of beauty and with a small but very pretty pool at the bottom, it's the perfect place to cool off after a summer hike through the park. Although, since the best part about it is that the hike you have to take in is so easy, you'll barely even break a sweat getting there.
20. Charleston Falls // Tipp City
This waterfall is best seen after a heavy rain. It's 37 feet high and offers some beautiful scenery from the surrounding Charleston Falls Preserve.
21. Twin Sister Falls // Brecksville
Double the waterfall, double the fun at Twin Sisters Falls! The two waterfalls cascade down into the central pool from a 70-foot drop. The water at the bottom is shallow, and it's best to go on a day after heavy rain to see what these falls are really made of!
22. Days Dam Falls // Lorain
This stunning 40-foot waterfall in Lorain is the perfect place to get your hike on. The flow of water is calm and after a heavy rain the waterfalls pour over the side with vigor, making it super impressive.
23. Big Spring Hollows Falls // Rockbridge
This waterfall stands at over 100 feet and connects with a shallow creek at the bottom. The creek is so calm it'll remind you of a lazy river.
24. Great Falls of Tinkers Creek // Bedford
This urban waterfall is 15 feet high and is located near some mill ruins, making it an excellent day adventure. Located in Viaduct Park it tumbles down over a sandstone cliff and into a shallow pool at the bottom.
25. Stoney Brook Falls // Kirtland
This small but beautiful waterfall is located on the Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Surrounded by lush natural forest, it's perfect for getting your toes wet on a hot day.
26. Berea Falls // Berea
The Berea Falls are small and full of drops and different levels of running water so it's best to find the calmest waters for a dip in this one. It offers great views of the surrounding area and of the bridges above the creek.
27. Clifton Gorge Falls // Clifton
This waterfall is located inside the Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve. Although the waterfall seems slight, where it leads is the real reason to hit it up. At the bottom of the stunning rock-wall like falls is a gorge.
28. Blue Hen Falls // Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This smaller waterfall is perfect for just taking a stroll but that doesn't make it any less worthy of this list. With 15 feet of beautiful cascading water over a 5-foot crest, this natural beauty earns its spot with flying colors.
29. Scum Park // Olmstead Falls
This teeny tiny waterfall in Scum Park Cascades into a shallow creek that's perfect for exploring around. It might not offer much in the way of grandiosity but it's a pretty sweet spot just the same.
30. Cat's Den Falls // Cleveland
This small waterfall makes it that much more magnificent when you see the beauty that can be accomplished without all the size. It drops down into a den and then flows down into a gorge.