Finding Hidden Waterfalls: Corkscrew Falls

Hey hey! Happy Tuesday! You guys… real life confession time. I have ZERO time today, like at all. I have to be to work soon, and we have a meeting after, which means I won’t be home until after 8 pm tonight. I wanted to write about my favorite place in the Hocking Hills today, but I decided I just don’t have the time to dedicate to writing today that my favorite place post deserves. So instead… a post that will take me much less time to write, Corkscrew Falls! (You’ll see why. Keep reading!)

Alright. Let me start off my saying I HAD to see Corkscrew Falls. Type in Hocking Hills on Pinterest and you see gorgeous photos like this…

Not my photo… Found on Pinterest 🙂 LOL I bet you can already tell where this is going.

I mean, so gorgeous! I couldn’t believe this was in Ohio. It totally looked like it should be in The Lord of The Rings or something. After clicking on a few links I saw words like hidden, epic, elusive, prettiest, secret, must see and stunning. I.Was.Sold.

Now, many posts had directions on how to get to these falls, but only one mentioned you needed a permit to see them. Turns out, Corkscrew Falls are a part of the Boch Hollow Nature Preserve. And sure enough, you need a permit to be on the land. 


Permits are super easy to get, and totally free. Just know, you need to give yourself some time. I found out that I needed a permit a few days before we were leaving for the Hocking Hills. You are supposed to apply for them two weeks in advance. I was freakin’ out when I read this because I thought there was no way that we would be able to get one. However, we called and explained that we didn’t realized we were supposed to have a permit (thanks Pinterest) and were coming to take photos for my blog. The super sweet lady at the Ohio Parks Department (I wish I could say it was Lesley Knope) made sure we got our Permit later that evening.

Now, actually finding these falls is an adventure in itself. There is literally no address for these falls, and very little signage. Everywhere you look online will give you these directions.

Drive about 6 miles past Logan, Ohio on Route 664, and turn off at Zwickle Road.

Okay. So if you’re from the area, this is probably super helpful. But we weren’t. So I grabbed my Google Maps, typed in Zwickle Road and off we went. And Oh.My.God. We went on the ride of a lifetime. If you’re coming from North of The Hocking Hills, and type in Zwickle Road like I did, you’ll probably take the same way. This two lane road feels like a freakin’ roller coaster. You can’t see over the top of the hills until you’re just about to go over them. It’s narrow, it’s windy and it’s like seriously scary to drive.

The way we came in, we had to drive all the way to the other end of Zwickle Road. Which was fine… it’s not that long of a road! Then, we turned right off Zwickle to find a small little “parking area”. Which is really just a dirt turn out.

Since I’m sure those directions were as clear as mud, I’m inserting the screen shot I took before we left below. (I’d recommend doing this because service is NOT good once you get on the backroads!)

Once you are on Zwickle, follow it until it T’s into another road. I don’t remember which one, but it’s literally the only stop sign you’ll hit on Zwickle. You won’t miss it! 

Once you’ve parked your car, you have to figure out which guardrail to jump. (This can be confusing because there are a lot of them.) You need to cross the road, and walk just slightly to the right of where you parked. There, you will see a small path heading into the woods.

A few steps in, you should see these signs.


If you do, you’re on the right track!

The “hike” back is literally not a hike at all. It’s a few steps. Pretty soon, you’ll find you’re standing above a river. (That was pretty much dried up when we were there.) And that’s when you’ll see the “hidden, epic, elusive, prettiest, secret, must see, stunning” Corkscrew Falls.

And you’re going to be SO disappointed. 

Remember this picture?!

Still not my picture 🙂 

It’s only going to look like that if you do some serious Zooming with your camera lens. THIS is what Corkscrew Falls actually looks like.


I’M NOT EVEN JOKING. It’s SO TINY. And you’ll only get this view if you climb down the hill, which I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to do.

Yes… it’s still pretty. But I zoomed SO FAR in to get a photo like this.


So. I’m here to tell you… Corkscrew Falls is actually a trickle in the woods that you can’t even get close to unless you’re brave enough to get your feet wet and walk on private land.

This was literally as close as we could get.


And we climbed down the hill to get that close. Ugh. I’m still super frustrated by this!

Now, I’m not here to tell you “Don’t waste your time” because it was pretty. However, IMO, it’s not a “must see” it’s not the “most stunning spot in the park” and it certainly is not “the prettiest place in Ohio”. I may be a bit biased, or sound a bit harsh. But I just CAN’T LET IT GO that literally everyone online made it seem like it was this big grand waterfall. It’s not. It’s a pretty little trickle.

The second I saw it, I knew my mission would be to inform everyone that reads this post of this, so that you aren’t disappointed like I was. That being said, here are the things to…

Know Before You Go

  1. You MUST have a permit. And you need to keep it on you at all times. If someone asks to see it, you have to show it or you could be fined. Apply for your permit here.
  2. It takes awhile to get to. And it’s really not close to any other main attractions. So if you’re going to head to Corkscrew Falls, be sure to set aside some time to get there.
  3. It’s not a hike. So don’t expect to spend a lot of time there like other areas of the park. It’s literally a short walk. We spent 15 minutes there in total. (From parking to walking to the waterfall and taking photos to walking back to our car.)
  4. It’s smaller than you think. Don’t let all the photos online fool you. It’s small. If you don’t have a camera with a large lens, bring binoculars with you so you can see it close up, because it’s really tough to get super close to the waterfall.

If I had to tell you one way or another To Go or Not To Go, I would say, spend your time somewhere else in the park. There are SO many gorgeous places to explore. For me, this one was a let down.

Have you been to Corkscrew Falls? Was it a let down for you too?

Find my other Hocking Hills posts herehere and here. Next time, I’ll be sharing my favorite place in the park! Pinky Promise 🙂

Alright guys. I’m off to start this never ending day. As of right now, NO new post tomorrow. However, if I end up with some extra time, maybe you’ll get a surprise in your inbox. (That is if you’re subscribed to my blog! If not, just type in your email address. It’s easy and free!)

Have a wonderful Tuesday my friends!


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