Many people rate the Ledges Trail as the best hike in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and if you've ever been, you know why. The breathtaking scenic overlook and the shaded trail that winds through the woods past impressive rock formations with so many places to explore, make it a must do hike for all ages!
Ledges Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Plan on spending several hours at the park. This will give you plenty of time to fully explore the trail, enjoy the scenic overlook and navigate through the various ledges and pathways through the park.
The best place to park is in the large parking lot next to the trail head. Once you are parked, it's a short walk to the start of the trail. During the summer, it does get busy and you can find more parking spots at Virginia Kendall Lake and The Octagon shelter.
We recommend packing a picnic lunch. There is a grassy field near the parking lot and several picnic areas. Or better yet, enjoy dinner near the overlook and watch the gorgeous sunset at the park!
Tips for Your Visit to Ledges Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- The trail has uneven terrain and some stairs. If you have young children you won't be able to use a stroller.
- There are several picnic tables located near the parking area and near the scenic overlook. You can also reserve the covered shelter.
- The trail around The Ledges is just under 2 miles long. If desired, you can extend your hike as it connect to more trails in the Virginia Kendall Area.
- There is a large parking lot next to the trailhead. During the summer, it does get busy and you can find more parking spots at Virginia Kendall Lake and The Octagon shelter.
- Visit early to avoid crowds, especially on Summer weekends.
- Dogs are welcome at the park. Make sure to keep them on leash and bring along a bowl and water.
- Trail is completely shaded, so even on the hot summer days it is a nice escape into nature. You can even feel the temperature change as you get close to the cave.
- While on the trails you'll pass Ice Box Cave along the trail, however, it's closed to visitors to protect the bats from White Nose Syndrome.
- Stop by the National Park's Visitor Center to get information about the free Junior Ranger Program.
Ledges Trail at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Distance: 1.8 miles
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