Avoid the Crowd

Ranger at the beaver marsh with a crowd

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Parking at The Ledges

The Ritchie Ledges are witnesses to change - from creation out of Sharon Conglomerate millions of years ago, to landscapes wrecked by humans and to preservation today. Visit the Ledges during peak hours to avoid the crowds and limited parking.

  • The trail is not accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.
  • There is typically parking available in the large lot adjacent to the shelter and trailhead.
  • Additional parking and access to the area's trail system can be found at Virginia Kendall Lake and The Octagon shelter.

Parking at Brandywine Falls

This 65-foot waterfall is accessed via a partially accessible boardwalk. Avoid this area during peak time as it is our most popular location.

  • The Brandywine Falls parking area serves both the Summit Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail and Brandywine Falls, making it a very busy location.
  • During nice weather and throughout the summer, the parking lot is generally full between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Arriving early or later in the day may improve the likelihood of getting a parking space.
  • Parking is not permitted outside of designated parking spaces or along the roadway.

Parking at Blue Hen Falls

This 15-foot waterfall is a beautiful hike every time of year. There is a small parking lot located across the street from the main trailhead. From there, the falls is a steep half-mile hike.

  • Blue Hen Falls parking is a relatively small, dirt lot.
  • The lot often fills by 10 a.m. and requires an unmarked road crossing to the main trailhead. Please cross with caution.
  • Visitors can also access the falls by hiking 1.5 miles from the Boston Store Visitor Center if the Blue Hen Falls parking area is full.
  • Parking outside of designated areas or along the roadway is prohibited.

Parking for the Towpath Trail

The Towpath Trail is open 24 hours, giving you the chance to explore after dark. Within the national park, the trail is level and hard-packed for people using wheelchairs, bicycles, or strollers.

  • There are many access points for the trail throughout the park.
  • Many parking lots fill early in the day or are congested throughout the day. Lock 29 in Peninsula, Boston Store, Hunt House, and Ira Trailheads are some of the busiest in the park. Plan to arrive to these lots early in the day or consider accessing the trail from Canal Exploration Center, Rockside Road, or Station Road.
  • Weekends on the Towpath Trail can be crowded. Hikers and cyclists share the trail with the sections between Boston Store and Hunt House being the busiest.

For more activities and trip planning advice click here.

Last updated: June 22, 2017

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