The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset every day. Charleston Falls Preserve is the most visited nature park in Miami County with over 216 acres of prairie and forests. The most unusual feature of this preserve is the waterfall. Originating from small underground springs several miles to the east, the stream creating the falls plummets 37' on its journey to the Great Miami River, one mile to the west. Flowing over rock strata that are also found in New York State and Canada, the falls can rightly be called a “Miniature Niagara.” Click on the link to view the Brochure Map of Charleston Falls Preserve.

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snow capped rocks
snow capped rocks
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boardwalk in ravine
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Charleston Falls Preserve is the most visited Park District property in Miami County with over 216 acres of prairie and forests. This beautiful park is the perfect place to hike and view wildlife. Uncommon plants such as wild columbine, walking fern, purple cliff break and rock honeysuckle grace the limestone faces of the surrounding gorge.

The most unusual feature of this preserve is the unique waterfall. The Falls can rightly be called a “Miniature Niagara” because its rock strata is the same as Niagara Falls. Originating from small underground springs several miles to the east, the stream creating the falls plummets 37 feet then continues its meandering journey to the Great Miami River.

Over three miles of trails pass through various habitats such as Redbud Valley and the Thorny Badlands, offering explosions of color and varieties of scenic wonder.

Help protect this unique natural site by using the trials provided and following the rules of the Preserve.

Activities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Programs
  • Wildlife Pond Observation Deck
  • Prairie Viewing Platform
  • Picnicking
  • Falls Observation Boardwalk
  • Hands-on Environmental Education

Natural Features

  • 216 Acres

  • 37' Waterfall with observation boardwalk

  • Limestone cave

  • Redbud Valley

  • Thorny Badlands

  • Wildlife pond with viewing deck

  • Tall Grass Prairie with covered viewing platform

Facilities

  • 3.74 Miles of trail
  • Dr. Paul & Tanya Kroger Legacy Grove
  • Recognition walkway located within the Legacy Grove
  • Picnic areas
  • Restroom facilities

Miami County Park District offers many education programs throughout the year.  Below is a list of just a few of the programs offered at Charleston Falls Preserve, check out the program calendar to see what programs are coming up at the Preserve.

Possible programs at Charleston Falls Preserve

  • Naturalist Adventure Series
  • Music in the Park
  • Eco-Camp "Nature Week"
  • Adult Exploration Hike
  • Intro to Geocaching
  • Preschoolers in the Park
  • Homeschool Nature Connections
  • Campfire Programs