Exploring Chagrin Falls

Hike Details

  • Parking Location: (41.43130, -81.39198) – Street parking near the top of the falls.

  • Trailhead Location: (41.43110, -81.39187) – Next to the popcorn shop.

  • Distance & Type: 400 Feet Out-and-Back

  • Elevation Change: +/- 15-Feet

  • Hike Difficulty: Easy

  • Hike Features: Chagrin Falls (High Falls)

Chagrin Falls “High Falls” located in downtown Chagrin Falls near Cleveland, Ohio.

Chagrin Falls “High Falls” located in downtown Chagrin Falls near Cleveland, Ohio.



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The Chagrin Falls waterfall is located in the heart of Chagrin Falls, a suburb of Cleveland.  Established as a village in the early 1800s, Chagrin Falls drew businesses that looked to establish shops along the Chagrin River.  Early manufacturing along the Chagrin river included ax makers, paper and lumber mills, iron producers, and flour mills.  Chagrin Falls, often referred to as High Falls, is surrounded on both sides by commercial buildings, one being the popular Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop, and the other a Starbucks.  If you are hungry when visiting Chagrin Falls, be sure to check out 17 River Grille and ask for a table on their patio and enjoy the beautiful view of Chagrin Falls.

Parking can be found along the street near the top of the falls, or you can find parking in a lot behind the shops (41.43032, -81.39244).  The path leading to Chagrin Falls can be found near the popcorn shop by the historical marker.  Follow the steps down to the main overlook.  A path located at the left end of the falls overlook leads down to the river and the base of the falls, however, the rocks you will need to walk over are usually slick so exercise extra caution when walking below the overlook.  The path to the falls overlook is a short 200-foot walk down wooden steps.  The path features a few benches where visitors can relax and take in the falls.