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Ledges Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 120' 37 m
Descent: -121' -37 m
High: 1,045' 319 m
Low: 944' 288 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Maggie Olson

One of CVNP's most iconic trails through magnificent sandstone cliffs.

Maggie Olson

Features Fall Colors · Views

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.

Note that Ice Box Cave is closed to all visitors to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, which is a dangerous and contagious fungus harmful to local bats. Please respect all closures for the safety of CVNP's wildlife.

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.

Description

This is one of the most scenic trails in the Cuyahoga Valley. It’s rocky and rough, so make sure you’ve got sufficient footgear. There are striking, canopied hemlock trails to moss-covered rock formations, ferns, Ice Box Cave, and more at the Ledges. The payoff to the trail—good for more advanced hikers and those testing out new shoes, packs, and gear—is the amazing cliff ledge overlook and massive rock staircase. Or you can access the overlook from the parking lot for an easier reward. Steep in spots, this is a trail that makes you think you’re not in Ohio anymore; perhaps somewhere else in the world entirely, surely not the Cleveland-Akron area.

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.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see lots of towering trees and lush ferns along this trail, thanks to mineral deposits from the rocks. There's also a lot of pileated woodpeckers along this trail and smaller songbirds, like warblers, in the fall. Ledges Trail is also a spectacular destination for fall colors.

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Sep 29, 2019
Haus Pickett
1.7mi
Sep 23, 2019
Maggie Smith
Completed — 11h 00m
Sep 2, 2019
Zhong Miao
Aug 27, 2019
Mary Hess
Resembles Wisconsin trails
Aug 25, 2019
Matt DiVita
Fantastic hike 3.8mi — 1h 17m
Aug 18, 2019
Charlie Andes
Aug 17, 2019
Allyson Connor
Aug 15, 2019
Brian H

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Photos

Ledges Trail at its most lush. Photo by Sue Simenc.
Apr 20, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Highlights of a hike on the Ledges Trail, including the view from the Ledges Overlook.
Jan 23, 2018 near Boston…, OH
Man-made stairs
Apr 20, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Between the rock cliffs.
May 13, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Follow this trail to get to the stunning overlook! Photo by Melanie Nesteruk.
Apr 20, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Inside the Ledges
Nov 25, 2017 near Boston…, OH

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