Looking for a short hike with great views? The Ledges Trail is the perfect place to explore when you are short on time and want to get outside!

Trail Specs

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Distance

2.2 miles

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Elevation

105 feet

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Rating

Moderate

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Route Type

Loop

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Dogs

Allowed

Hike Overview

The Ledges Trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of my favorite places to visit in the park. This is the perfect place to hike in the summer or winter when you are looking for a short hike with beautiful views. This trail even has a parking lot and lodge at the trail head, making access easy! Trail runners or light hiking boots are perfect for this trail. Hiking poles are not needed either!

Ledges Area Trails Map

Courtesy of NPS at CVNP.

Finding ledges in Ohio is special to me, because it reminds me to still be adventurous even when there are no mountains. The ledges quickly transport you to a new headspace since they are such hidden gems in Ohio! The cliffs and grooves bring out feelings of being small and in awe of nature.

The hike is best early in the morning or at dusk. Both are perfect times to experience the sun’s rays playing on the rock. Not many people will be there too, so you can really enjoy the scenery. I have hiked this trail in the summer and winter, though I must say that I enjoy winter more! The snow makes the hike incredibly peaceful and adds another layer of beauty.

The Ledges Trail at CNVP
The Ledges Trail at CNVP
The Ledges Trail at CNVP
The Ledges Trail at CNVP

Other Hikes in the Area

If you are looking for a very easy way to squeeze in more views on this hike, take a short spur trail to the Overlook to get a skyline view of the valley. You could also explore the Pine Grove Trail, a 1.3 mile loop, to immerse yourself in a peaceful pine forest.

Additional Resources

Are you looking for additional resources? Check out the description the National Park Service has for the trail.

Have you been on this hike? Please share your favorite part or your other favorite hikes in the area! I would love to hear about them.