Columbus Natural Waterfalls

Natural waterfalls are incredibly beautiful and come in all sizes and shapes. There are two around Columbus that I want to tell you about. You may already know of them, but I do know that some of the locals don’t even know about these.


Hayden Falls

Hayden Falls is located in a gorge in Griggs Reservoir Park west of the Scioto River. The falls top out at about 35 feet and the water source is Hayden Run.

Hayden Falls Columbus

Up until 2006, this was a natural gorge that was completely wild. You had to be very careful walking the paths around it. But in 2006 that changed.

A boardwalk has been built close to the base of the falls and a stairway takes you down into the Hayden Falls area. You’ll find some interesting rare and endangered plants along the pathway.

Hayden Falls Columbus

It’s complete on two acres, a woods and wildlife area, and a nature preserve.

Houses line the edge of this unique gorge, it’s located in an urban area on the west side of the Scioto River.

There is a parking lot on the south side of Hayden Run Road. From there if you walk towards the river, you’ll find the stairway going down into the gorge. This trail leads to the waterfalls.

Griggs Reservoir Map

Indian Run Falls

Tucked away in Dublin, Ohio you’ll find Indian Run Falls. This 3 1/2 acre area was part of the land that was once home to the Native American tribe known as the Wyandots.

Indian Run Falls

The walls are made of limestone and you’ll find native flowers and Blue Ash trees along the path. The falls are approximately 25 feet high and gradually climb down over the limestone rocks rather than a more direct drop off like Hayden Falls.

The City of Dublin has added observation platforms, nature trails and a bridge to make it more accessible, especially in the Indian Run gorge and falls area, as well as two shelter houses.

You’ll find Indian Run Falls at 700 Shawan Falls Drive, Dublin, Ohio.

Check them out you’ll be glad you did!



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