Waterfalls To Explore - Cleveland West Side Moms

If you follow along on Instagram, you know I love a great waterfall so although a modest list, I wanted to put together the waterfalls you can explore right here on the west side!

BEREA FALLS

Berea Falls, part of Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Reservation, is an easy urban waterfall to enjoy. Park at the scenic overlook & take a short walk to the observation area. The parking lot can be found right on Valley Pkwy by the intersection of Barrett Rd & Valley Pkwy.

MUSIC MOUND FALLS

The Music Mound Falls, part of Cleveland Metroparks’ Mill Stream Reservation in Berea, is a notable mention. Not known for the height of its falls, this one is special in its own way & worth seeing if you’re nearby. There’s parking right near it with an observation area. You’ll find the parking lot on N Quarry Lane in Berea. The falls are towards the intersection of N Quarry Lane & Valley Pkwy.

COLUMBIA PARK FALLS

A truly unique location. These falls in Bay Village lead out to Lake Erie. There is an observation deck you can view them from up top or go down the steps for a better view from the landing or beach. Be forewarned that if it’s a super windy day, the landing at the bottom of the steps gets very wet from the waves. Proceed with caution especially with little ones. There is parking right across the street. The address is 25436 Lake Rd in Bay Village.

CASCADE PARK

Cascade Park, part of Lorain County Metro Parks, is home to two waterfalls in Elyria.

The West Falls, pictured below, is the more well known of the two. These falls are accessible through a natural terrain trail (roughly a 1 mile loop) or a mostly paved path (with an intense incline) north of the trail. There is an observation deck to view them or hike down off the path to view them from below. The address of Cascade Park is 387 Furnace Street in Elyria.

The East Falls, pictured below, can be found right behind the Elyria police station. Not much of a hike here at all as there are stairs that take you to a rather large observation area. The address to the police station which is the easiest way to find the falls is 18 West Ave. Turn on Kerstetter Way & you’ll see the East Falls Riverwalk sign.

DAY’S DAM FALLS

This one is closest to a “hidden gem” as you can get (& if you know me, you know I hate that phrase.) You’ll find Days Dam in the Black River Reservation, part of Lorain County Metro Parks. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk down the main path & then you’ll see a waterfall trail that veers off to the right. That path is natural terrain & gets muddy if it’s been raining. Another 5-10 minutes gets you a view of the falls from afar & if you’re feeling super adventurous, you’ll see makeshift paths down & across a few streams to get right up to the falls. Not an easy hike but worth it for the view. The address to Day’s Dam is 2720 E 31st St in Lorain.

 

Feel free to contact me for more recs that are outside of the west side area.

 

 

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