World Waterfall Database
Book Review

Falling Waters of Ohio - 109 Hikeable Waterfalls in Ohio

Karle, Tina (author)

1st Books Library, 2003
Edition 1
Format Paperback
Print Style Black and White
Book Type Guidebook
Page Count 193
ISBN 1-4140-1834-7
In Print? No
Picture quality (1)
Picture Quantity (5)
Accuracy of Content (2)
Thoroughness of Content (4)
Production Value (1)

Reviewed by Dean Goss

This is an impressive undertaking as there are hundreds of waterfalls in the state of Ohio. All waterfall projects must start somewhere. My personal feeling is that this book would have been well served had it been further refined before being assembled into book form.

The book has a multitude of small black and white photos that look as though they were printed on an old laser printer. The falls are loosely organized in a roughly counterclockwise manner around the state beginning in the north central part of the state. Waterfalls receive a somewhat formulaic treatment: A brief descriptive narrative, a would-be text box detailing height, restrooms, water (season of flow, that is...), distance, form, and difficulty. The entries conclude with Trail information and directions.

This is a homegrown waterfall effort. It doesn't feel rushed, but it is most definitely unpolished. I'm told that subsequent editions are in color and have better organizational qualities. Personally, I was turned off by the wide-eyed fundamental complete denial of the fossil record. Core samples of Bristlecone pine trees show over 4,900 rings. We all KNOW that a tree only gets one per year. Let's save the proselytizing for our testimonials and devote the book to waterfalls.

The Bottom Line: Skip it and buy a later edition.

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