CLEVELAND — If you haven't heard, temperatures will be below freezing for at least a week. These arctic temperatures cause something beautiful to happen in the region's park system—waterfalls encapsulated in ice. If you visit any local waterfall havens such as Blue Hen Falls and the Brandywine Falls during the winter months, you may find waterfalls frozen in time, only waiting to move again come spring.
If you want to park and take a short walk without a long hike, Brandywine Falls located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park can be accessed down a flight of stairs to a boardwalk that offers up-close views of this majestic 60-foot waterfall. It’s a sight to see all year round, offering different views depending on the season. In the winter when temperatures are near freezing, it’s like you’re standing in time. More info here.
Blue Hen Falls
For those who are willing to bundle up and hit the ground walking, Blue Hen Falls offers a longer hike with a finale and special treat at the end. The Buckeye Trail—the path you take to access the falls—is oftentimes muddy and steep so come prepared. You’ll need to park at the Boston Mill Visitor Center where you can follow the signs for the 1.5-mile trail. Note, the Blue Hen Falls parking lot on Boston Mills Road is closed. More info here.
Mill Creek Falls
This is the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County at 48-feet tall. This spot in the Garfield Park Reservation is ideal for anyone who wants a photo opportunity without the work of walking a long distance. Visitors can park at The Yard Overlook to see waterfalls. A portion of it is usually frozen depending on the temps. More info here.
Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek
Located in the Bedford Reservation, the past meets the presence of nature. Visitors will get a glimpse of a sawmill, grist mill and an electric power plant, as well as the viaduct that carried trains over Tinker Creek. More info here.
South Chagrin Reservation
Featuring rugged trails that lead you through creeks, ravines and sandstone ledges, the Chagrin River offers scenic views of cascading waterfalls enjoyed by many all year round. More info here.
If you have a favorite frozen waterfall and you don't see it on the list, email Kaylyn.Hlavaty@wews.com with a picture for it to be added to this list.
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