ElevationAscent: 120' 37 m
Descent: -121' -37 m
High: 1,045' 319 m
Low: 944' 288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
Current trail conditions
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“One of CVNP's most iconic trails through magnificent sandstone cliffs.”— Maggie Olson
Family Friendly Kids are especially drawn to the Sharon Conglomerate of alcoves, crevices, formations, and outcroppings that are estimated to be millions of years old.
Also, the trail and cliffs are open year-round, but winter travel should come with a bit of caution because the formations can be slippery.
What Makes It Great:
The Ledges Loop Trail is a moderate excursion through sandstone cliffs, known as Ritchie Ledges, and there are plenty of places on this trail where confident footing will come in handy. There are some very cool petroglyphs that date back to the 1900s along the way, though it's not known who carved them.
Whether or not you plan on exploring the deep caves during your visit, you can count on one of the best views of autumn from the cliffs and the best CVNP sunset, period. If timed right, this is one of the best views of the Cuyahoga Valley. If you want to add some time to your trip, check the sidebar for nearby trails.
Who is Going to Love It:
Top to bottom, this whole suite within the CVNP is a stunner. So much so that some heartier visitors will feel compelled to forego Brandywine Falls for this trail—and would be well within rights to do so. Kids and geology enthusiasts are especially drawn to the Sharon Conglomerate of alcoves, crevices, formations, and outcroppings that are estimated to be millions of years old. But when it comes to making this trek, parents may have trouble keeping up with those nimble kiddos along the rockier parts, and those with knee and hip problems might wish for a trail with lesser stress or strain.