From the trail, you would never assume the area surrounding the Station Road Bridge Trailhead has much of anything in the way of waterfalls, but by hiking up some of the tributaries that flow into the Cuyahoga River here you’ll discover that this is perhaps the most waterfall abundant area in the entire Cuyahoga Valley National Park. While the area’s Twin Sisters Falls and Crazy Man’s Hollow Falls have been gaining popularity over the past couple years, the area’s equally impressive Contour Falls (also known as Sulfur Falls) has flown largely under the radar. I was able to discover this waterfall and put it up on this site thanks to Abigail Friedl, who found the waterfall by reading contour maps (hence the name) and making the long trek up the stream here. No more than 200 feet downstream from Contour Falls is Punch Bowl Falls: a 30-foot seasonal waterfall that spills into a deep bowl then cascades into the main creek. Like many of the Station Road Bridge waterfalls, Contour Falls drys up in the summer heat, so make sure it's rained recently before you visit.

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Contour Falls (Sulfur Falls)

The trek to Contour Falls is not for the faint of heart. Expect to get Begin at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead (the black dot on the map) and cross over the Cuyahoga River then turn left to go under the Route 82 bridge. A quarter mile in you’ll pass by a manmade waterfall on your right; this is the access point for Twin Sisters Falls. Continue hiking on the Towpath as it turns to the right and the bridge heads out of view. The access point for Contour Falls is the second tributary stream that spills into the canal after Twin Sisters Falls, NOT THE FIRST. Many people have made this mistake before and have had a disappointing adventure, to say the least. Wade through the canal at its narrowest point (it’s not too deep) and hike up the stream. Stay right where the stream splits a quarter mile in and another quarter mile from here you’ll reach Contour Falls. Happy waterfall hunting! Check the map at the bottom of the page to learn how to get to the rest of the waterfalls in this area.

  • Height: 40 feet
  • Crest: 10 feet at top, 25 feet at bottom
  • Water flow level: Flows only after rains
  • Address: Station Road Bridge Trailhead, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville, Ohio
  • Difficulty to reach: VERY HARD

Getting to Sulfur (Contour) Falls