Hayden Falls Park

About this Location

Hayden Falls Park is located on the west side of the Scioto River along Hayden Run Road, just west of the bridge over Griggs Reservoir. A boardwalk, steps, and overlooks were constructed in 2006 to aid in accessibility as well as protect the ecosystem. There are a few picnic tables on the upper level and a small parking lot is also available.

This park includes a unique gorge habitat that only occurs along the western shore of the Scioto River. This ecosystem is home to a beautiful 35-foot waterfall and also rare and endangered plants.

Hayden Falls is a historically and geologically significant site for Central Ohio. The limestone gorge includes a 35-foot waterfall and unique cliff-loving plants. The state-endangered spreading rock cress, one of Ohio’s rarest plants, grows here. Two statewide rare species, purple cliff brake and maidenhair fern, can also be found at Hayden Falls.

The falls are located in Griggs Reservoir Park on the west side of the Scioto River. There is a small parking area on the south side of Hayden Run Road. There is a large sign, and the stairs into the gorge are clearly visible. To reach the falls from I-270 take Exit 15 and head east on Tuttle Crossing Boulevard. Take a right onto Franz Road, and then a left onto Hayden Run Road. The parking area will be on your right.

The amount of water here varies a lot throughout the year. When the water is high the gorge trail is impassable.

About Griggs Reservoir

Griggs Reservoir is located in Franklin County, in central Ohio, just west of Columbus. US-33 parallels the lake on the east side and there is a public boat launch just south of the Fishinger Road intersection.

Griggs Reservoir is maintained and operated by the city of Columbus Division of Watershed Management as a source of municipal water supply. The dam was constructed on the Scioto River in 1904 creating a long narrow lake that runs north to south for approximately six miles, creating 387 surface acres of fishing water. The lake is generally clear, but is influenced heavily by rain events and can become very turbid. Depths can exceed 20 feet near the dam, but most of the reservoir is between 10 and 15 feet deep.

Parks located on Grigs Reservoir include Duranceau Park, Griggs Reservoir Park, Hayden Falls Park, and Kiwanis Riverway Park.

No restroom facilities.

Content from Columbus Nature Preserves webpage, Hayden Falls webpage, and Hayden Falls Park