Tuesday Wednesday my friends! I’m so sorry this post didn’t get up last night. I had the world’s longest day, and am still feeling awful. All I want is to be able to leave work by 4:30 one day this week so I can go home and sleep. But, it’s looking like it’s going to be another late couple of nights for me. Boo.
But I know you’re not here to listen to me feel sorry for myself. You’re here to read about adventures in the Hocking Hills! It’s another day, and another water fall over on Savannah Said It. So let’s get started!
I’ve got another hike, to another waterfall for you today. But this waterfall is the biggest in the Hocking Hills and the hike to get there is easily one of the prettiest in the park! It’s easy to see why Cedar Falls is one of the most popular spots in The Hocking Hills. Rock Walls towering above you, hundreds of hemlock trees, grottos and waterfalls make this hike extra picturesque. I always have SO much fun on this hike!
See! So much fun! However, I bet this hike is even better in the Summertime! (You’ll see why. LOL)
This hike is more like a really nice 1/2 mile walk… with stairs. Now, if you’ve been here awhile, you’ve read the story of our stair NIGHTMARE in the Smoky Mountains and I promise you, I’m not leading on another stair marathon! You’ll begin your hike standing at the top of 100 Stairs. But don’t freak. These stairs really aren’t bad.
The architect designed these steps to not only look graceful, but to feel graceful and easy as you take them. And they really aren’t bad. They’re wide, with breaks in between sets and make going down the incredibly steep hillside much easier on your knees. If you want to read more about these steps, click here.
Once you make it to the bottom of the stairs, you’ll be in a deep gorge with the option of going a few different ways. The trail head at Cedar Falls just so happens to be one of the most popular places to get on the Buckeye Trail. From here, hikers can hike to either Ash Cave or Old Man’s Cave. (More on Old Man’s Cave in a later post!) This six-mile section of the Buckeye Trail at Cedar Falls is also known as the Grandma Gatewood Trail, is part of two national trails… the North Country Scenic Trail and the American Discovery Trail. (Boom! There’s your Snapple Fact for the day!)
Now, if you’re hoping to see Cedar Falls, you’re obviously going to want to go towards the sign that says “Cedar Falls.” Don’t worry… you won’t be able to mistake which way to go. It’s super well marked, and honestly, most people are heading the same direction as you! But just in case, just keep walking right!
Almost right away, you’ll cross over a bridge and start on a trail back towards the waterfall. Around you, you’ll see rock cliffs shooting towards the sky, lots of trees, and the creek. It really is a beautiful walk back!
Almost as soon as you start your walk, you’ll arrive to your final destination, Cedar Falls! Now, both times I’ve been to Hocking Hills this “super massive impressive waterfall” has been nothing more than a trickle. But it’s probably because we go in the fall, rather than in the Spring and Summer. Regardless of the water not rushing, it still is very pretty!
So pretty right?!
Cedar Falls is crazy easy to find. It’s literally directly between Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave. Like on the same road. You won’t be able to miss it! Just follow all the signs! I believe the road is Rd. 374 if you’re worried about finding it 🙂
Tips and Tricks
- Arrive early! This hike is PACKED by 10 am. And if you’re hoping to have some space, and a good parking spot that’s not four parking lots away, you’ll want to get there first thing in the morning!
- There are bathrooms and a picnic area! It’s actually quite a large picnic area, so I would pack a picnic and enjoy lunch after your hike!
- Bring your fur baby. Pups are allowed, but they have to be on a leash.
- Don’t expect to spend a long time hiking this trail… and hour will be MORE than enough time, if you walk at an average speed!
Alright guys. I’m off! I hope you enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! I’m back tomorrow sharing 3 Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas!!