Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills is one of our most popular destinations. The falls itself runs year-round and is a spectacle that every visitor to the area should see. The fall is 50 feet high and is currently the largest waterfall by volume in Ohio. Whichever time of year you visit, Cedar Falls has something different to show you.
The falls are only one of many in the state and in Hocking Hills. It is the largest, wettest and isn’t affected by seasonal rains as many of the other waterfalls are. The only time the deluge reduces is in very dry summers, when Queer Creek that feeds Cedar Falls dries up to a trickle.
As well as being the biggest, Cedar Falls is also the most visited, photographed and filmed in the state too. It appears on dozens of calendars, magazine covers and other mature-oriented publications and quite rightly so. Despite some amazing quality images of the falls, nothing quite compares to seeing it in person. If it looks impressive on your screen, it’s three times that when you’re here!
The area around Cedar Falls is wild and a little desolate, which only adds drama to the fall itself. Trails leads to, from and around the falls, allowing you to see if from all angles and all perspectives. Combined with the geological formations that surround it, Cedar Falls is an amazing place to visit.
Man has put his mark on the area since the early 19th century. At the top you can see the remains of an old grist mill that used Queer Creek to power it. There is also now a bridge above the falls that allows visitors to look over the falls and down the creek. There is also a bridge on the lower part of the creek, locally referred to as “bent bridge.”
Bent bridge was straight, but a few years of being battered by the water and debris from the falls curved the steel into a more sinuous shape. It’s perfectly safe, having been strengthened since, but it makes a quirky statement pieces for the bottom of the falls.
Getting to Cedar Falls is easy as it is located at St. Rt. 374 between SR 664 and SR 56. For hikers, it forms part of the Buckeye Trail, a larger trail that encircles Ohio. There are also shorter, more manageable hikes that can take you to other highlights of Hocking Hills, Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave. Both well worth a visit if you’re in the area.