Cuyahoga Valley is an awesome place to hike with kids. We spent a few days in this National Park and did a lot of the hikes for you. Here are a few of our favorite Cuyahoga Valley National Park Kid Hikes that you can try out while you are in the area. We hiked all of these trails with our boys, and we liked all of them.
When we visited in 2022, the parking area for Brandywine Falls was closed. The only way to access the waterfall was using the Stanford Trail. But we found this dark shady trail to be beautiful and easy. It is 3 miles roundtrip to Brandywine Falls via Stanford Trail.
The normal route to enjoy Brandywine Falls is to walk down to the overlook, and then continue on the Gorge Loop that walks along the river and crosses on a bridge to the other side. There is more information about this 1.5 mile loop trail on the National Parks website.
We took the Buckeye Trail to Blue Hen Falls. The Buckeye trail runs a long way, but from the Visitor Center to the waterfall is 3 miles roundtrip, and it is the only way to see this waterfall. The trail has a lot of up and down, but you can shorten it by doing a drop off or shuttle.
This trail is a loop of varying length. You can make it as short or as long as you like, but on our post we describe our recommend route that is 2.0 miles roundtrip. This hike is very unique as it follows an emerald green mossy cliff. We liked this hike because it is fully shaded, and the mossy ledges are beautiful. We even saw our first pileated woodpecker!
Bridal Veil Falls
This short walk barely qualifies as a hike. It might be a quarter mile down the boardwalk, including around 75 stairs, to a beautiful waterfall chute. The cascade is wide and lacy and definitely worth the short walk.
There is a short walk over to a shallow, but beautiful lake. The water is clear enough to see bluegill, and there were baby geese all along the shore. You can walk a 1.0 mile loop around the lake, but you can do part of it if you’d just like to see the lake. We walked along the shore looking for fish, but didn’t walk the full loop.
One of our favorite hikes in Cuyahoga Valley was Beaver Marsh, because you could see so many animals. We spotted two snapping turtles before we even left the parking lot! There were different varieties of frogs and a bunch of birds, too. You can walk as far as like along this wheel-friendly trail, too. We walked about a half mile roundtrip to the marsh and back.
We were able to hike all of these trails in one day. These are the trails we recommend for family-friendly hikes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We have a Kid Hikes list for all of the National Parks that we have visited to help you enjoy your visit. Check them out on our National Parks page.