About the Site
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (5)  


Park History

Ohio & Erie Canal

Towpath Trail

Cuyahoga River


Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Creek

Inn at Brandywine Falls


Hale Farm

Boston Area

Horseshoe Pond

Kendall Lake

Ledges Area

Brecksville Reservation


Plants and Vegetation

Park Views


Brandywine Falls

One of the most well-known features of the park is Brandywine Falls. It is the tallest major waterfall in Cuyahoga Valley National Park at a height of 67 feet.

The bottom part of the main falls is shown below. The falls drops into a pool surrounded by rocks and boulders.

Although the only structures which exist in the area of Brandywine Falls now is the Inn at Brandywine Falls, in the 1800's a number of other structures were located here. In 1814 a sawmill and gristmill was built by George Wallace. In 1816 a distillery, which produced "Brandywine currency" (whiskey), was added. In 1820 a post office and woollen mill were located on the site.

At the foot of the falls the water cascades over a rocky bed into the gorge which carries Brandywine Creek as it descends toward the Cuyahoga River.

A wonderful view of the falls can be seen from the viewing platform, located in the gorge halfway down the falls. The platform can be seen below.

The visitor reaches the viewing platform by traversing a long, elaborate boardwalk which is built along the side of the gorge. Part of the walkway is shown below.

The walkway provides multiple glimpses of the falls through the trees.

The falls cascade over a series of sandstone shelves, which can be seen clearly in the picture below.

Brandywine Creek runs under a bridge carrying Brandywine Road. The falls are just west of the spot where the creek runs under the road. This section of the creek and the bridge are shown below.

Below is a closer view of one of the sandstone covered shelves over which the water cascades, in this case the top shelf. The gorge running through the trees can be seen in the background.

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