East Falls of the Black River

May 2004

State: Ohio

Location: Elyria

Height: 25

Crest: 75

Water Source: East Fork Black River

Waypoint: 41.3691N 82.1073W

Summary: This is an urban waterfall with a small dam above it and some ruins beside it. It is easily viewed from a small park. This is a good size waterfall, especially for Ohio, and is quite interesting, especially if you like ruins.

This urban waterfalls is in Elyria Ohio, roughly 30 miles west of Cleveland. There is a neatly groomed little park and observation deck just above the falls and a trail that takes you down into the gorge for some more nice views of the falls. They apparently light the falls up at night.

There was a power station here in the 1920's. A small dam just above the falls and other ruins remain. The ruins are quite interesting. The trail into the gorge ends at the ruins. There seems to be less unsightly garbage here than at the nearby West Falls.

To reach the falls from the Ohio Turnpike, take exit 145. This is the exit for Route 57 and Elyria. Head southbound on Route 57 to Route 113 and turn left (east). Continue to N. West River Street and turn right (the signs may just say West River Street). An entrance to Cascade Park will be on your left, where West Falls can be found. To reach East Falls continue on West River Street until you reach Lake Avenue. Turn left. You will cross the bridge that is just above West Falls. If you continue on Lake Ave you will find a small park on the left. You have to take a left turn to stay on Lake Ave. If you reach Broad Street you have gone to far, but if you do reach Broad Street, just take a left, and another left onto Lake Ave. The falls viewing area is right behind the Police Station. The parking area is supposedly under video surveillance.

[Cleveland Area] Nearby Falls

The West Falls are a mile away. There is a trail between the two falls. There are a surprising (to me anyway) number of waterfalls in the Cleveland area. The following are all within 30 miles of Cleveland: Brandywine Falls, Buttermilk Falls, Mill Creek Falls and Chagrin Falls.

Other Websites

A list of things to see in Elryia, including an animation of the falls.

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