• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Towpath Trail Closures

    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. Towpath Trail closed south of Bath Road from dusk 8/10 through dusk 8/11 for Gay Games 10K Road Race. More »

  • Other Closures

    Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. More »

  • Road Closures

    Quick Rd is closed from Akron Peninsula Rd to Pine Hollow Trailhead in Peninsula, from Wednesday, 7/16, for 6 weeks. Detours posted. Hines Hill Rd is closed from Tuesday, 7/29 through Tuesday, 8/12 for resurfacing from I271 to the Boston Township Line. More »

  • Riverview Road Repaving and Closure

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15.Road is open with single lane closures. Riverview Rd is closed from Boston Mills Rd to the Cuyahoga Cty line starting Mon, 7/14 for for 3 weeks. Detours posted. More »

Bald Eagles in the Park

Bald eagle

Bald eagle parent on alert.

©JIM KAFTAN


Bald eagles are routinely seen along the Cuyahoga River.


The Cuyahoga Valley, with expansive, secluded wooded wetlands and rebounding fish populations, has become an ideal place for eagles to feed and nest. Eagles prefer tall trees and pre-existing nests that they can expand.

Bald eagles have been steadily increasing throughout the nation. In Ohio the greatest concentration occurs along western Lake Erie near Sandusky, from where eagles have been dispersing to new areas.

 
Eagle brings stick to nest

Nest building activities begin early in the year.

©R. BELKIN

Beginning In 2006, bald eagles built a nest in the Pinery Narrows area in Brecksville, the first recorded in Cuyahoga County in more than 70 years. That nest was unsuccessful, but the breeding eagles returned and nested the following years with these results:

  • 2007 - one eaglet successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2008 - one eaglet successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2009 - a late winter storm in February 2009 caused the nest to fail
  • 2010 - two eaglets successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2011 - a storm in early March blew down the entire nest tree; another nest was start but no eggs hatched
  • 2012 - one eaglet successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2013 - two eaglets successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2014 - two eaglets successfully hatched and fledged
 
Young Eagles at Play

Two juvenile eagles at play in spring 2013.

©JIM KAFTAN

Although recently removed from the endangered species list, the bald eagle is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both federal laws prohibit taking, killing, selling, or otherwise harming eagles, their nests, or eggs. Bald eagles returned to the Cuyahoga Valley in 2006, after an absence of 70 years.

To learn more about bald eagles read our Bald Eagles Return site bulletin.

Did You Know?

Image of Civilian Conservation Corps statue outside Happy Days Visitor Center.

During the Great Depression, the "boys of Company 567" of the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape the landscape that would later become Cuyahoga Valley National Park by constructing buildings, playfields, and a lake, as well as planting over 100 acres of trees.