Miami County Park District’s
Charleston Falls Preserve

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2535 Ross Road
Tipp City, OH 45371

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Site Overview

Charleston Falls Preserve boasts waterfalls that make it the most popular nature park in Miami County. The history of the falls includes evidence of Indian burial mounds, fire pits and artifacts nearby. This unique natural site has 3.5 miles of varied hiking trails, including Redbud Valley and the Thorny Badlands, as well as an observation tower to take in the area’s beauty.

Since 1975, The Nature Conservancy has helped to acquire 200 acres at the preserve, which features a spectacular array of uncommon plants like wild columbine, walking fern, purple cliff break and rock honeysuckle.

Why It Matters

Encompassing more than 216 acres of prairie and forests, Charleston Falls Preserve is home to a diverse selection of plants and animals. Majestic oak, hickory, and maple trees offer an umbrella of shade during the dog days of summer while Charleston Falls offers a wet spray air conditioning for boardwalk visitors.

The area’s popular water features are part of a system that helps to nourish the Great Miami River, which ultimately feeds into the Ohio River—an important source of drinking water and transportation route.  The Miami Valley is known for its water supply, recreation, productive farmland and high quality tributaries.

Natural Treasures Landmark

Join hundreds of others who have chronicled their adventures! Take a picture of yourself at the Ancient Trail trailhead at Charleston Falls and upload it to our site.

Fun Things to Do and See

While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!

Patio Dweller

  • Visit the Falls Observation Boardwalk to have your picture taken in front of “Miniature Niagara.” Post your favorites to our Facebook page.

Backyard Camper

  • Take a stroll along the Cedar Pond trail. How many frogs and largemouth bass can you spot in Cedar Pond? The waters are also home to the harmless Northern water snake and turtles.

Frontier Explorer

  • Hike the Red Bud Valley Trail and snap a picture of the fauna you spy. At Charleston Falls Preserve you’ll find white-tailed deer, red fox, striped skunks, raccoons, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, pileated woodpeckers and wild turkeys.

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