Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers more than 33,000 acres of scenic outdoors right here in our corner of Northeast Ohio. We are continuously seeking out new spots to explore in the park, and we are never disappointed. The cascading water at the 65-foot Brandywine Falls is something you do not want to miss.
Visiting Brandywine Falls with Kids
The parking lot at Brandywine Falls offers plenty of space to park and unpack items. There are bathrooms and park maps at the entrance of the paths. One of the best parts of this particular fall is its close proximity to the parking lot. A boardwalk allows strollers, wheelchairs and wagons the ability to access the falls as well.
It’s just a short walk to the upper observation deck, which provides a birds-eye view of the falls. For those hoping for a lower look, there are stairs leading down to a lower observation deck.
We were able to park our stroller and carry our son down to the lower area. You’ll want to be careful with smaller children as you walk down the steps since the drop off is severe. The lower deck offers a gorgeous view of the rushing water, and there is plenty of space for multiple families to take photos.
Brandywine Falls is one of the most visited sites in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and after visiting ourselves it is clear to see why. The easy accessibility, great viewing areas and breathtaking natural falls make this trip perfect for the entire family. We will definitely be heading back again throughout the year to witness the falls for each seasonal splendor.
Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
8176 Brandywine Rd, Northfield, OH 44067
Tips for Your Trip to Brandywine Falls from Other Local Parents
- The parking lot closest to the falls really fills up on nice days (especially weekends). Your best bet is to arrive early or park elsewhere and hike the trail to the falls (Brandywine Gorge Trail)
- Be careful with smaller children as you walk down the steps to the falls since the drop off is severe
- The 1.5 mi loop Brandywine Gorge Trail around the falls is a great hike for all ages.
- There are two other nearby waterfalls within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that you may want to check out, Blue Hen Falls (short walk along the trail to view the falls) and Buttermilk Falls (a more adventurous hike that would be good for elementary age kids and older). Find out more about these two waterfalls here.
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