Stanford Trail

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Elevation Gain562ft
Trailhead Elevation671ft
Elevation Min/Max667/854ft
Elevation Start/End671/671ft
Stanford Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Summit County, Ohio. It is within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 671 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 562 feet. Near the trailhead there are restroom, parking, a water, parkings, and an information. This trail connects with the following: Connector Trail.

Stanford Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Stanford Trail is a relaxing and unchallenging stroll compared to the occasionally steep climbs of the Brandywine Gorge Trail. Both, however, offer memorable, picturesque views of rural Northeast Ohio.

First, you’ll be guided toward the historic Stanford House before hiking your way back toward the breathtaking and powerful Brandywine Falls, perhaps Ohio’s most noteworthy waterfall. A scenic overlook at the end of the hike allows for idyllic nature photography."

"Approaching Brandywine Falls from Stanford House on foot is one of the nicest experiences you can have in the Cuyahoga Valley. Take this 3.6-mile lollipop to the 67-foot cascade, a signature attraction of this national park. Return by paralleling a beautiful valley cut by Brandywine Creek. Stanford House makes a good base for exploring the park's 125 miles of trails, including the 20-mile Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.

Brandywine Falls is one of the most scenic spots in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The trails begins and ends at Stanford House, an 1843 Greek Revival farmhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is a great home base for exploring the entire park, especially due to its proximity to the 20-mile multiple-use Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. Parking, information, camping, and a picnic area are all available here."

Stanford Trail Reviews

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This trail was mildly challenging because some of the steps are not gone and are under repair. The Standford house is now closed and under repair so finding the trail was a little more difficult since I wasn't familiar with the area. I would highly recommend it though as the Brandywine Falls are spectacular. There were only a few people on the trail during a Sunday afternoon.
Picturesque wooded trail winding along the side of a gorge, with enough challenges for all the family. Picnic area with nice restroom facility [compared to many] and great viewing gallery with boardwalk.
Thrird time I have completed this hike. Trail was snow / ice covered. Used Ice stabilizers on my shoes and was glad. Brandywine falls was spectacular with large accumulation of ice.This was a tough little walk through ice, slush and snow. Saved myself a 1/2 mile by driving to the Stanford Hostile vs parking on Boston.(
This was a pleasant hike - very typical of Cuyahoga valley (wooded pathways, slight undulation, streams) with an impressive waterfall in the middle.
A nice trail that winds through wooded areas, with several great views of Brandywine Falls. The section following the valley created by Brandywine Creek below the falls is particularly peaceful and beautiful. Being one of the top attractions of the park, there is pretty much no chance of having the trail to yourself.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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