Discover Columbia Park Waterfall: Lake Erie Beachfront Waterfall in Ohio

Columbia Park Lake Erie Waterfall Bay Village Ohio

Do you love outside adventures and waterfalls like me? Early Spring, I learned of a waterfall in the Cleveland area and couldn’t wait to visit it. When my son was home from college, we took a short drive to Bay Village to find Columbia Park, home to the incredible Columbia Beach Falls. This hidden gem is one of only a few waterfalls in Ohio that flows directly into Lake Erie. Whether you have toddlers, teens, or even grown adults in your crew, this spot offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and easy accessibility.

Columbia Park Lake Erie Waterfall Bay Village Ohio

Why Visit Columbia Beach Falls?

Columbia Beach Falls is one of Northern Ohio’s best-kept secrets. At about 20 feet high, this waterfall is fueled by a smaller upstream cascade, creating a stunning sight, especially after a good rainfall. The best part? It flows right into Lake Erie, making it one of the few waterfalls with such a dramatic beachfront view. We are always wanting to check out Lake Erie when we are near Cleveland but there’s arn’t many spots. Now we know this is the perfect spot!

Easy Access for Families

One of the greatest things about Columbia Park is its accessibility. Located in Bay Village, this 1.5-acre park offers a short, paved trail leading to a stunning overlook of the falls. The trail is just 0.4 miles long, perfect for families with kids of all ages. From the parking lot, a quick walk across the street brings you to the start of your adventure. There are plenty of steps though, so not stroller or wheelchair friendly.

Exploring Lake Erie Columbia Falls

As you walk towards the overlook, you’ll hear the soothing sounds of the stream. The overlook provides a breathtaking view of the waterfall cascading over layers of sandstone. Take the set of stairs that leads down to the beach. Be cautious, though – the steps can be slippery, especially after rain. The adventure is worth it and such a short walk to reach the Lake Erie beach and witness the waterfall up close, with Lake Erie stretching out before you.

Columbia Park Nature and Wildlife

Columbia Park isn’t just about the waterfall. It’s also part of the Lake Erie Water Trail, offering beautiful coastal views and local wildlife. Keep an eye out for sea glass and driftwood on the beach, adding an element of treasure hunting to your visit. While swimming isn’t advised due to the rocky shoreline, the natural beauty and serenity make it a perfect spot for a family picnic or a relaxing afternoon. The crashing waves on the beach are fun to experience too. Although I’m not sure how safe or good it is for the waterfall, I’ve known of some people to walk up the waterfall in the summer. Either way, be prepared for your shoes to get wet if you walk close to the falls on the rocky beach area.

I found this great ariel video of Columbia Park Waterfalls that give you an idea of what to expect.

While the steps to the beach are closed from December through March, Columbia Beach Falls is a year-round destination. Each season brings a different charm, from the lush greenery of summer to the stark beauty of winter. We visited in early spring and plan to return in the summer when the area is sure to be even more picturesque.

Plan Your Visit to Columbia Beach Falls at Lake Erie

There is no reason to be bored this summer, add this Lake Erie waterfall to your bucket list! Set your GPS to 25436 Lake Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140. Pack a picnic, wear sturdy shoes, and have fun with your family.

Explore More Waterfalls in Ohio

Columbia Beach Falls is just one of many stunning waterfalls in Ohio. From the southern regions to the northern shores, our state is dotted with beautiful cascades waiting to be explored. Check out our full listing of waterfalls here for more family-friendly adventures.


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