Cedar Falls is one of the most popular natural history destinations in Ohio and offers an absolutely gorgeous gushing waterfall. Located on Queer Creek, the falls drops approximately 50 feet over a rocky cliff face, pooling in the picturesque ravine below before flowing further along the hiking trail.
Cedar Falls and is the largest waterfall by volume in the Hocking Hills region. It is one of the 7 major hiking trails in Hocking Hills State Park, located in Southeastern Ohio about an hour SE of Columbus on Route 33 in Hocking County. Visitors to Cedar Falls will find a picnic area and restrooms located in the parking lot within a short walk from the falls.
Accessing the falls, hikers descend The Democracy Steps, consisting of nearly 100 large steps created by Akio Hizume, an artist, architect, and mathematician. He designed a staircase that descends gently down the hillside amongst the moss-covered rock faces and hemlock trees to the lower gorge where the trail follows the stream back to the falls.
Hikers pass through a chasm thick with hemlock trees, lined by steep rock walls, grottos, and additional waterfalls. The hike loops back up a wooden staircase and connects to other parks like Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave. It’s a medium-difficulty walk that most visitors can manage.
Hike Cedar Falls
The Hocking Hills State Park system includes Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. Each offers something truly unique and wonderful, with over 25 miles of one-way looped trail systems that are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. From forested trails to massive natural rock formations, the Hocking Hills region is a breathtaking gem hidden in the upper Appalachian Basin for all to visit and enjoy.
Download a Trail Map for Cedar Falls and enjoy this relaxing walk in nature.
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