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Charleston Falls Preserve, Tipp City

#15 of 110 in Wildlife in Ohio
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Charleston Falls is located on Ross Road near the Park District education/program headquarters. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset every day of the year. Sunset times can be found on the Park Hours page.

Charleston Falls Preserve is the most visited nature park in Miami County with over 216 acres of prairie and forests. The most unusual feature of this preserve is the waterfall. Originating from small underground springs several miles to the east, the stream creating the falls plummets 37 feet on its meandering journey to the Great Miami River, one mile to the west. Flowing over rock strata that are also found in New York State and Canada, the falls can rightly be called a “Miniature Niagara.”

Uncommon plants such as wild columbine, walking fern, purple cliff break and rock honeysuckle grace the limestone faces of the surrounding gorge.

In harmony with the natural setting, land management is geared toward maintaining a diversity of plant and animal life. Nearly two miles of trails pass through varied habitats such as Redbud Valley and the Thorny Badlands, offering explosions of color and varieties of scenic wonder. A small pond, a planted tall grass prairie and an observation tower add to the interest in the remaining portions of the Preserve. You are encouraged to use the pathways provided to broaden your experience and to help protect this unique natural site by obeying the rules of the Preserve.
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  • We went yesterday (January 11th), and it was the most majestic thing I’ve ever seen. My son turned 10 today, and despite getting gifts and going to Great Wolf Lodge later in the day, his favorite...  more »
  • Relaxing walk on very well marked trails. We covered about 2.5 miles by sticking to the outer loop trails. The falls were dry - no more than an occasional drip. The bathrooms were open and clean.  more »
  • This is a great spot to visit with your family when you want to have a nice calm walk through some of Ohio woodlands with waterfalls. The waterfall here is one of the largest that I have seen in Ohio and is kept perfectly calm with only walking trails which are pet friendly around. The last time that I visited this park was with my 50 year old Uncle and it was a nice and enjoyable time.
  • Great shorter and mostly level, well-maintained and gravelled hiking trails with a 15 ft. high waterfall (flow depends on current rain patterns). There is also a small cave (see photo) along the trail. The cave is accessible. We ventured inside, but after branching left and right it only went for about 10 to 15 feet in either direction. Lots of dogs on the trails, which meander through the woods and open fields. Lots of parking and a nice restroom facility. Good trail for young kids as well.

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