Hayden Run has carved a small but impressive gorge and drops 25 feet forming Hayden Run Falls before it flows into the Scioto River. The amount of water flowing over the falls varies greatly throughout the year, it can be a roaring torrent in the spring or after a hard rain, completely dried up in midsummer, or frozen solid in the winter. The falls are very accessible via a wide stairway from the parking lot to the bottom of the gorge that connects to an elevated boardwalk going out to the base of the falls.
I have photographed the falls often and during all seasons of the year. In late spring and summer it is best to photograph the falls in the early morning or late evening when the sun is lower in the sky, otherwise the bright sky above the falls will make your exposure difficult. I recommend using a polarizing filter to help remove reflections from the water, and a tripod will allow you to make longer exposures to give the water a silky flowing look. My favorite time to photograph here is in fall when colorful leaves cover the rocks and swirl around in the splash pool at the base of the falls. Winter is also a nice time to photograph the falls when snow covers the rocks. If it’s cold enough, the falls will be partially or completely frozen which will allow for some very interesting compositions. The falls are very popular in the warm summer months so serious photographers will want to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.