Cedar Falls, part of the Hocking Hills State Park, is one of Ohio’s most popular natural history attractions. In addition, Cedar Falls is the largest waterfall, by water volume, in the Hocking Hills region. Cedar Falls is actually a misnomer in that the falls were named by early settlers who mistook the area’s abundant hemlock trees for cedar trees and incorrectly named the falls.
Cedar Falls is located on Queer Creek and the trail leading to the falls passes through a chasm thick with hemlock and lined by steep rock walls, grottos, and waterfalls. Visitors to the falls have characterized the area as “wild and lonely but spectacularly beautiful.” The water from Cedar Falls drops approximately fifty feet into a ravine at the bottom of the falls. In the mid 1800′ s, early settlers constructed a grist mill at the top of the falls. The mill was positioned to take advantage of the power generated by the flow of water over the falls and the remains of the mill still stand today.
Visitors to Cedar Falls will find that a picnic area and latrines are located within a short walk from the falls.