0.4 Miles Easy
This section of the West Gorge Trail at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio is an easy 0.4 mile out-and-back hike that leads to the top of Lanterman's Falls and then down the West Gorge Trail to a cave with a lookout point with more views of the waterfall.
The hike starts off along Chestnut Hill Dr, just west of the Canfield Rd bridge. You can find a couple of small trailheads (no signs) that lead down to the West Gorge Trail. This recording then heads east towards Lanterman's Mill and Lanterman's Falls - passing under Canfield Rd Bridge and then following a trail down along the edge of the creek.
The trail at times gets dangerously close to the edge of the creek. You also need to scale down a set of boulders to get a better view of the falls. Make sure you watch your step and exercise caution when getting closer to the top of the falls. The trail continues on eastward from the top of the falls, but one wrong move and you could slip, fall, and instantly drown from the rushing waterfall. Take pictures from a safe place and turn back to head toward another lookout point further down the trail.
After stopping by the top of Lanterman's Falls, the this recording heads back west and downhill to a cave overhang with more views upstream of the falls. The track ends here before turning back.
The entire trail continues on for quite a while, but if you plan to see Lanterman's Falls from a couple of different angles from the trail instead of from the platform next to the mill, this is a great short hike.
Dogs are allowed on this trail.
Parking: A small parking turnout can be found at the coordinates provided; however, there's a main parking lot across the creek, which you can also use.