Ohio Trails

Find Fantasyland—in Ohio

Yes, this waterfall is real, and it's closer than you think.

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Katie Yarborough

Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Peter Pan, Pocahontas—when we saw this photo, our staff proffered all the usual suspects for fictional paradise. But this place is real and it’s stateside—in Ohio, no less. Even more surprising? Corkscrew Falls remains a kind of local secret, so chances for solitude are high—even in midsummer—says photographer Katie Yarborough. Less than four years ago, it was on private property, but now Corkscrew is contained in Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve, which means anyone can go. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes a classic, so find the cataract now, .5 mile from the unmarked trailhead just east of the intersection of Zwickle Road and OH 664. You need a permit to hike in the preserve (free).