Brandywine Falls parking lot is closed for construction until September 30, 2022. No access from Brandywine Road. Follow the Alternate Routes below for hiking access.
This hike is best done early or late in the day to avoid the midday crowds. Park at Brandywine Falls Trailhead. Spaces are limited. The gorge loop includes sections of several trails. If you didn’t get a trail map at the visitor center, pick one up at the bulletin board near the restrooms. This is a 1.5-mile hike with a 160-foot elevation change. We recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes. To protect this fragile habitat, please stay on marked trails.
Follow the path toward the falls, then take a left onto the trail just before the boardwalk. The clockwise loop takes you down into the gorge, over a footbridge over the creek, and back up the other side. Keep bearing right at all trail intersections. After you pass the Inn at Brandywine Falls and cross back over the creek – and over the falls – take a right at the small bulletin board. The path leads to the falls viewing boardwalk and back to the parking lot. For a closer look at the falls, follow the signs and walk down approximately 80 steps to a lower viewing deck.
For a longer hike that avoids the busy Brandywine Falls parking area, consider starting your hike from the village of Boston. Several parking areas are available, including those at Boston Mill Visitor Center, Boston Trailhead, and Stanford Trailhead. Be sure to consult a map and plan ahead for this hike, as there are multiple options at trail intersections. Bring water - there is no drinking water at Brandywine Falls.
From Boston Mill Visitor Center
Park at Boston Mill Visitor Center. Follow the path from the parking lot toward the visitor center, carefully crossing the railroad tracks when safe to do so. Stop at the visitor center and/or restrooms as needed. Continue around the visitor center and onto the sidewalk alongside Boston Mills Road. Walk across the bridge over the river. Turn right and follow signs and stencils on the ground to access the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Turn left onto the Towpath and hike 0.5 mile north. Turn right onto the connector trail toward Stanford House. Carefully cross the road and follow the driveway up past the barn. From here follow the directions below from Stanford Trailhead. A roundtrip hike from this location is approximately 5.7 miles.
From Boston Trailhead
Park at Boston Trailhead. Follow the connector trail from the southeast corner of the parking area toward the Towpath Trail. Turn right onto the Towpath Trail and hike 0.5 mile north. Turn right onto the connector trail toward Stanford House. Carefully cross the road and follow the driveway up past the barn. From here follow the directions below from Stanford Trailhead. A roundtrip hike from this location is approximately 5.5 miles.
From Stanford Trailhead
Park in the designated parking area behind the barn at Stanford Trailhead. This lot is small and can fill early in the day. Trailhead information is located near the northern end of the parking area. Hike the Stanford Trail for 1.2 miles, then follow signs to connect to the Brandywine Gorge Loop. A roundtrip hike from this location is approximately 3.8 miles.