Thing to Do

Hike the Ledges Trail

Staircase of rough-hewn gray stones winds between two walls of green moss-covered rock, up to trees.
This stone staircase is a popular feature along the Ledges Trail.

NPS / Tim Fenner

The Ledges Trail circles a plateau of striking rock formations and provides stunning views along the way. The trail is rocky and unpaved, with at least 80 feet of elevation change over its length. We recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes or boots, and being mindful of where you step. Be especially careful during the winter if the trail is icy or covered in snow. To protect this fragile habitat, the national park does not allow any climbing on the rock formations.

To begin, park at the Ledges Trailhead and pick up a trail map at the large bulletin board by the gate. The trail system is complex, so watch the signs. Follow the Ledges Trail to complete a 1.8-mile loop or use the network of connector trails to take a shorter hike. You can visit the Ledges Overlook along the trail, or you can walk there from the parking lot through the wide, grassy playfield.

Alternate Routes

For a longer hike or a different approach, consider starting your hike from the nearby Pine Grove, Haskell Run, or Kendall Lake trailheads. Be sure to consult a map and plan ahead for these routes, as there are multiple options at trail intersections.

From Pine Grove Trailhead

Park at Pine Grove Trailhead, which is located near the southeast corner of the parking lot for the Octagon Shelter. There are restrooms and seasonally available water at the shelter. Follow either of two paths to the left and behind the kiosk to access the Ledges Trail.

From Haskell Run Trailhead

Park in the main lot for Happy Days Lodge. Follow the walkway through the tunnel under the road. Haskell Run Trailhead information is located near the corner of the accessible parking lot behind the lodge. Hike the Haskell Run Trail for a quarter mile, then follow signs to connect to the Ledges Trail.

From Kendall Lake Trailhead

For an even longer hike, park at Kendall Lake Trailhead. Public restrooms with running water are available on the lower level of the nearby Kendall Lake Shelter. Carefully cross the road to access a connector to the Pine Grove Trail. Then follow one of two additional connector trails to access the Ledges Trail. The total mileage of this hike will depend on the route taken. A roundtrip hike from here to the Ledges will be at least 3 miles and can be much longer.

Details

Take as much time as you need for this hike. We recommend one to two hours for the shorter routes. Longer routes from alternate starting locations may take more time.

This hike is recommended for ages 6 and older. Adults should use their discretion when traveling with younger children.

Leashed pets are permitted on park trails, but not in park buildings. Leashes must be 6 feet long or less.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

The parking lots at the Ledges closes at dusk.

Accessibility Information

This trail is not wheelchair accessible. It is hilly with an unpaved surface that is rocky in places. Service animals and leashed comfort pets are welcome. Audio description is available for the exhibit panels along the trail.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Last updated: January 10, 2022