Panoramic Ogwen Falls or Rhaeadr Ogwen, as it is known in Welsh, is the site where the Ogwen River, emerging from Llyn Ogwen, begins its journey along the rugged Nant Ffrancon valley to the sea. Nant Ffrancon itself is a steep sided glacial valley dropping to Bethesda between the Glyderau and the Carneddau.
On its journey to the sea, the River Ogwen passes through the villages of Bethesda, Tregarth, Tal-y-Bont and Llandygai before arriving at the Menai Strait. The river contains salmon, brown trout and sea trout.
The Nant Ffrancon Valley from the top of the falls
The nearby car park houses the Snowdonia National Park warden office, the Ogwen Falls Snack Bar and public toilets. Ogwen Falls Snack Bar was previously located in a precarious location, being perched at the head of the falls. The snack bar is open seven days per week for most of the year, but opens only at weekends during the winter months.