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Brandywine to Buttermilk Falls

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Trip to see three notable waterfalls.


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9.1

Miles

14.6

KM

Loop

902' 275 m

High

657' 200 m

Low

1,019' 311 m

Up

1,023' 312 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route will allow you to see three of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's notable waterfalls.

Description

The trip starts at the parking lot for Brandywine Falls. Start on the boardwalk down to the falls and continue on the Brandywine Loop in the counter-clockwise direction. We then turn onto the Stanford Trail and hike to the Stanford House. Cross the road in front of the Stanford House and there will be a sign leading to the Towpath.

We take the towpath going south to the visitors center. There will be signs for the Buckeye Trail to Blue Hen Falls. The trip up to Blue Hen is steep and difficult. Once at our second waterfall, Blue Hen, there is a sign that states the trail ends. That is where the trail to Buttermilk begins.

There is no trail marker for Buttermilk but there is a defined path. Follow the stream all the way to Buttermilk. It is impossible to get lost and if the water level is low the stream is walkable. A walking stick is preferable due to the terrain here.

Do not stray far from Buttermilk Falls or the stream due to private property straddling the area. The way back to Brandywine Falls is mostly the same route except for a few deviations for the sake of novelty. The trip can be done as a true out and back or you can mix things up by taking Old Stanford Road back to the Brandywine Falls area. Most of the road is closed to cars except for CVNP employees.

Expect 9-9.5 miles total for the trip. There are restrooms at the visitor center and at Brandywine.

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Sarah Burkett

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Brandywine Falls.
May 26, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Highlights of a hike along the Brandywine Falls Loop, via the Stanford Trail. Plus footage of Brandywine Gorge.
Jan 23, 2018 near Boston…, OH
Trees above the Brandywine Falls!
Oct 8, 2017 near Boston…, OH
Brandywine Falls in winter.
May 13, 2016 near Boston…, OH
Brandywine Falls in October
Oct 28, 2019 near Boston…, OH
Close-up of Blue Hen Falls.
Jan 20, 2016 near Peninsula, OH

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May 22, 2021
RJ Pena
pretty crowded trails but great views and challenging
May 19, 2021
Tom Herr
Epic CVNP hike with 3 waterfalls and 2 gems. Great introduction to the park. Buttermilk Falls was worth it! 9.1mi
Mar 7, 2021
Sarah Burkett
Started at visitor center 4mi
Feb 4, 2021
Olivia Wawrzyniak
8.2mi — 2h 50m
Oct 17, 2020
Donna Wise
Oct 3, 2020
Sarah Burkett
9.5mi — 4h 00m