After leaving our magical Airbnb we were heading back to Pittsburgh and we figured instead of wasting the day we would see what we could find on the way home. Doing some research we found David Fortier River Park, which seemed to be very unique and actually turned out to be! The park has quite a lot from a covered bridge to waterfalls and you can even cook out here!
Getting to David Fortier River Park
David Fortier River Park is located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. The full address is 24900 Water St. Olmsted Falls, OH 44138. The entrance to the park might be hard to spot at first and you might actually drive right by it. At the main entrance to the park there is a parking lot for a handful of cars. You can also park your car and enter the park by parking at the Olmsted Community Church parking lot.
Exploring David Fortier River Park
David Fortier River park is not a very large park at all, but it has quite a lot to offer. It is located where the Rocky River intersects with Plum Creek so not only do you have the sound of water when you are exploring the park you have quite a few different waterfalls as well. The main waterfall is right by where the two waterways meet and is easy to access. This waterfall is only about a foot or so tall, but is very majestic how it is just there. Another thing that is really cool is how the next series of small waterfalls have formed the rocks here. It is almost like they are a waterslide.
When we visited the park (August 23rd), the water levels were pretty low so we were actually able to walk out to where the two waterways meet. We’ve seen photos and vidoes were this entire section is covered in water so it was neat to be able to walk out there. There are two more waterfalls on the Rocky River, which are worth checking out as well.
Besides just the waterfalls exploring the park is a lot of fun and very peaceful. There are paths through the woods which will actually end up leading you up to the Charles A. Harding Memorial Bridge which is a covered bridge and looks over Plum Creek. Another thing that is quite nice about this park is that there are quite a lot of benches and even a pavilion with grills so you could have a cookout here.
Even though this was a travel day for us it was nice to stop and explore David Fortier River Park for a few hours. We really enjoyed how peaceful it was. While this is not a park that we would travel hours just to see if you are in the area it is definitely worth checking out! We would definitely like to come back to this park in the fall, the waterfalls with the fall foliage would be beautiful!
Things to Know About David Fortier River Park
Hours for the park are 6AM – 9PM.
You can take your dog to this park, but it needs to be on a leash.
We’ve heard you are allowed to fish here too.