Parking (Main) – 41.06757, -80.68379
Parking (Overflow) – 41.06896, -80.68461
Points of Interest:
Lanterman’s Mill – 41.06682, -80.68212
Lanterman’s Falls – 41.06666, -80.68222
Covered Bridge – 41.06653, -80.68135
Gorge Trail trailhead – 41.06702, -80.68258
Know before you go
Lanterman’s Fall and its namesake Lanterman’s Mill is located within Mill Creek Metroparks in Youngstown, Ohio. The mill itself is a fully functional mill that produces flower products during the summer months and is open for tours (pre-Covid). The Lanterman’s Mill area also features a covered bridge that crosses Mill Creek just behind the Mill, about 100 yards upstream from Lanterman’s Falls.
Lanterman’s Mill and Falls can be reached by parking at a nearby parking lot and walking 200 yards on a paved path that crosses Route 62 at the bridge. A series of steps lead down to Lanterman’s Mill. For those visiting with wheelchair or stroller requirements, the steps leading to Lanterman’s Mill can be avoided by following the sidewalk across the route 62 bridge that spans above the Mill Creek gorge. Turn left at the end of the bridge and follow the paved road to the left down to the covered bridge.
Best spots to photograph Lanterman’s Mill and Falls
I recommend bringing a lens that can achieve the full frame equivalent of 16mm for the iconic Mill and Falls photograph from the Route 62 bridge sidewalk. Other areas include a shot from below Lanterman’s Mill on the gorge trail and further down the trail that looks upstream at Lanterman’s Mill falls that is framed by the trees and the route 62 bridge. Honorable mentions include the covered bridge and interior shots of the Mill (summer only).
Hike the Mill Creek Gorge loop between Lanterman’s Mill and the Suspension Bridge
I highly recommend exploring Mill Creek MetroParks through the beautiful 1.8 mile Mill Creek Gorge hike that runs parallel to Mill Creek through a gorge full of moss covered sandstone rock formations and hemlock trees. On one end of the loop is Lanterman’s Mill and the other end leads to the popular Suspension Bridge. View this article for a detailed guide to hiking the Mill Creek Gorge.