Brandywine Falls Restroom Improvements

A small brown wooden building is along a paved path with a bike rack in the foreground, portable toilets to the right, and green forest in the background.
The old restroom at Brandywine Falls is currently closed, the access blocked by portable toilets.

NPS / Amanda Fawcett

The Brandywine Falls Trailhead is one of the most visited and notable viewing areas in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, showcasing the natural waterfall, Brandywine Falls.

The trailhead is located off Brandywine Road and includes access to Brandywine Trail (connecting to both the Stanford Trail and Summit Metro Parks Hike and Bike Trail), an asphalt parking lot, and vault system restroom building.

As visitation has increased over the years, the existing restrooms are no longer adequate for public use. The park is constructing new restroom facilities with running water and flush toilets.

In the interim and construction timeframe the Park is offering port-a-johns to the visiting public. There are 5 port-a-johns at this location, 3 standard and 2 ADA accessible.

Overhead view of Brandywine Falls area with marking of site locations
Overhead map of Brandywine Falls area.


Upcoming work includes:

  • Restroom renovation: Demolition of existing tank style solid waste storage system. Removal of all water closets, urinals, and partition walls which are at the end of their service life and have been compromised. Installation of 5 flushing toilets, 2 ADA flushing toilets, 2 urinals, 1 ADA urinal, and 4 lavatories along with all associated connections to a new waste management system with installation of a furnace in basement for heat to prevent water freeze.

  • Sanitary sewer system: Install a wastewater disposal system for treatment of solid waste generated by park visitors. The system will be located west of the restroom building and will include a 285 LF directional bore of 4” sanitary sewer pipe.
  • Water main extension: Install 1,585 linear feet of 8” diameter water main and service line in coordination with Cleveland Water through a Right-Of-Way permit. The water main will start north of the site and will follow the alignment of Brandywine Road and Summit Metro Parks Hike and Bike Trail. The contractor will then coordinate closely with Summit Metro Parks on any necessary trail closures.
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