For EA’s 40th anniversary, I’d like to share an area attraction that had its origin 400 million years ago. The 65-foot Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the park’s most visited sights. It is carved by Brandywine Creek, and the geologic rock formation is clearly visible. There’s a hard layer of Berea sandstone on top. The softer Bedford and Cleveland shale below are created by mud from the sea floor that covered this area 400 million years ago.
The beautiful scenery includes wildflowers, eastern hemlocks and red maple trees. In spring, vernal pools are filled with salamanders. In summer, the cool water invites runners and hikers to take a break by the creek. Red maples blaze with color in fall, and come winter, the falls are resplendent in the snow.
I love to run or hike on the trails around the falls, including the 1.5-mile Brandywine Gorge Trail and the 3.8-mile hike from Stanford House to Brandywine Falls, or the (approximately) 5-mile run from the Boston Mills trailhead on the towpath. A combination of boardwalk and steps lets you view the waterfall from several vantage points. There’s a boardwalk option without stairs as well. You can also view the falls without hiking to them; there is a parking lot nearby with easy access from the boardwalk.
This year, the falls are especially beautiful, thanks to the abundant rainfall – a worthwhile trip for nature lovers.
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