Location

The hike starts in North Olmsted, Ohio, USA and finishes in Berea, Ohio. The length of the hike is located in the Rocky River Reservation, a Cleveland Metro Park.

Geology

Berea Falls is made of large sandstone boulders forming the falls with shale cliffs on either side of the fast moving East Branch of the Rocky River.

Trails

This is an easy hike for all ages at anytime of the year. There are two trails with the Bridle (horse) trail being mostly flat with one small hill. Its surface is mostly smooth with gravel areas and some mud after rains that is easy to bypass. The old river trail is a single file abandoned trail with roots, occasional high grass, fallen trees, and mud in low lying areas. The trail provides easy access to the river and beautiful views of the shale gorge/cliffs. 

This is a great hike for hot days as you'll be following the Rocky River for nearly the entire hike through a thick canopy of trees. During July you'll be rewarded with blackberries along the mile/km approaching the falls. Since this is an out and back hike, meaning return on the same trail, you'll get to sample the blackberries you missed! 

Once you reach Berea Falls, take a break on the deck overlooking the river and falls. Follow the trail down to the falls. Here you can walk out onto the large rocks and view the river and auto/railroad viaducts.

If you've brought food/drink, this is the time to sit down on a large rock and enjoy. Then head back the same trail.

Attributes

  • Length - 7.58 miles/12.2 km
  • Variable surface from smooth and wide to rocky and narrow      
  • Level of difficulty is easy
  • Leashed dogs welcome
  • Family friendly 
  • Toilets along route
  • Parking at beginning, along way, and end
  • Wide range of wildlife
  • Forest
  • Waterfalls
  • Scenic views
  • Historic
  • Total ascent/descent - 552ft/168m
  • Maximum elevation - 789ft/240.4m
  • Minimum elevation - 666ft/203m

This hike has many places to stop to eat, fish (voted one of the top 150 steelhead fishing spots in the U.S.), wade in the river, or just soak in nature. Click on the Learn More button above to download a guided trail map.