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Brandywine Gorge Trail in the CVNP

Brandywine Falls is one of the most scenic places in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Most visitors explore the falls on the boardwalk and steps that hug the waterfall's gorge. Beyond the boardwalk is a trail that descends into the valley and crosses Brandywine Creek and climbs the gorge to the Sanford House bed and breakfast.

This is the perfect fall color hike. The fall's overlooks and ledges afford great photo opportunities. The water and leaves are beautiful along the creek.

I would classify this hike as an intermediate hike. You will be mostly on a packed dirt surface. At times, the surface is rocky. It is not a long or steep descent and ascent; most likely less than 100 feet of elevation change. The boardwalks along the falls are part of this trail.

For those who want a longer hike, we can hike the new Summit Hike and Bike Trail behind the B&B up the hill. If you have not been on this trail lately, this section will surprise you. It meanders through the woods as it heads north.

About the trail (From CVNP web site):

The 1.5-mile Brandywine Gorge Trail lets you explore beyond the waterfall. It starts near the bed & breakfast and follows the edge of the gorge, eventually taking you down to creek level. The trail is worth revisiting in the spring to view vernal pools that temporarily fill with water, attracting breeding salamanders. The views of the creek and the layers of rock it has exposed are also worth the walk.

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  • Jenny R.

    Absolutely perfect timing for this hike: the trees are at their most colorful!

    October 15, 2012

  • Tom B.

    The most beautiful trail in NE Ohio and in full fall color! Dodging the rain, the hike was nice. It was a little confusing at the start on the boardwalk. Unfortunately I think we lost a few of our hikers. The trail along the creek was spectacular.

    October 14, 2012

  • Robert G.

    Will try to make hike - have a 2:00 hike at Towners Woods in

    October 14, 2012

  • Debbie

    Sorry I have to miss this one. Hope to see everyone the next time.

    October 14, 2012

  • Charlett L.

    Yes on a leash

    October 11, 2012

  • Kylene

    Are dogs allowed on this hike? It sounds great!

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my camera!

    October 10, 2012

  • Charlett L.

    I'll be there to.

    September 21, 2012

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