Whoever said "don't go chasing waterfalls?" As a matter of fact I think I will! In Cleveland Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation is the largest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. Described as one of Cuyahoga County’s “best kept secrets” Mill Creek Falls stands tall at 48 ft. high. The waterfall is breathtaking – it is incredible to watch the rushing water cascade over a bed of rocks. I had no idea somewhere this beautiful was located in Cleveland’s backyard.
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And, the history of Cuyahoga County’s largest waterfall is fascinating as well. In fact, the area used to be an industrial hub - the waterfall powered a grist and saw mill. But what I find most interesting is that when you visit Mill Creek Falls, what you will see is not the original waterfall. In the early 1900s, the railroad moved the falls 300 ft. to make room for more railroad tracks in the area. How an entire waterfall had been moved, I just cannot wrap my mind around.
I definitely want to learn more about this area. On Saturday, April 18 from 10 – 11 a.m. Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus will lead a group on a Mill Creek Trail History Hike while explaining the area’s rich history - http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/6200.aspx. The hike is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.
And, if you are interested in all of Cleveland Metroparks waterfalls, check out the Waterfall Bus Tour on Saturday, May 9! Naturalist Debra Shankland will lead a tour of waterfalls as she brings participants to scenic and celebrated cataracts. For more info, visit the event’s page: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/5559.aspx.