Fallsville Wildlife Area is a 1,300+ acre preserve in Highland County, Ohio. I live about 20 minutes away from it, but I don’t think I had ever been there before my wife, Angie, suggested checking it out as an evening getaway place to visit for the family.
The trail to the falls on Clear Creek is about 3/4 of a mile. It is a rough walk, over exposed root systems and around wet places. But, the payoff at the end of the trail is a gorgeous waterfall, about 20′ high.
The entry point is located at 20211 Careytown Road. There is a small gravel area where a few cars can park. A narrow gravel road goes back to the beginning of the trail. The trail is beaten earth, with lots of exposed roots. The only way to make the trip is on foot. You won’t make it very far if you try to push a stroller or pull a wagon.
The trail winds a bit, and you will pass fishing areas along the way. Once you reach the falls, the first path down to the gorge at the bottom of the falls is steep and narrow. If you go further down the trail (downstream), you will find easier ways to get down to the water. My son and I made the walk in slides, so there’s really no need for special hiking shoes unless you plan to wander off the paths.
The water was very shallow, so I just left me slides on the bank and walked in. Cool water, cooler air than what we breathed in the parking area, and lots of singing birds and the rushing of water. This is a great place to rest and relax, and just enjoy a quiet place that feels like it may be hundreds of miles from civilization.