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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge

Finished bridge MIKE KOSMYNA

The new Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge

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Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge


In October 2009, the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council (CVTC) volunteers worked alongside National Park Service (NPS) staff to assemble and install the Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge, a 3-section, 165-foot long, fiberglass bridge spanning Brandywine Creek.

This is the first completed project of TRAILS FOREVER, a program that undertakes capital improvement projects for existing trails within the park. These efforts will take the park's trail system to the highest standards of design and operation.

 
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Stepping Stones Crossing Brandywine Creek

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The new bridge replaces hazardous stepping stones. Regardless of high water, the bridge now ensures that hikers can complete the trail year round. Previously, the stones would move during high water events requiring NPS staff and equipment to reset them several times a year. With the new bridge, visitor safety is improved while protecting the aquatic resources in Brandywine Creek. The new bridge provides a longer span than the stepping stones, placing the structure beyond a 100-year flood event to avoid future problems.

NPS staff planned and directed the installation with the assistance of volunteers working from October 17 through October 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bridge components were hand carried to the site and assembled, eliminating the need to remove trees for heavy equipment access, thereby preserving natural resources.

Kim Norley, NPS Landscape Architect and project manager commented, "Without the help of the CVTC volunteers, this bridge would not have been accomplished. This project illustrates a great collaborative effort between NPS staff and volunteers to improve visitor safety and resource preservation."

Mike Brittain, Vice-President of the CVTC stated, "I think everyone, both NPS staff and volunteers alike, worked well together to create one of the most enjoyable, memorable experiences they'll ever have to take away from the park."

Bridge Construction Facts

Project Cost:
- $225,000 from NPS Fee Funding

Bridge Specifications:
- 165 foot x 4 foot Fiberglass Truss Bridge
- Three spans (35 feet, 65 feet, 65 feet)
- Fabricated by E.T. Techtonics, Inc.
- Weight: 30,000 pounds

The Brandywine Gorge Trail is located at 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills 44067, (81° 32.264' W) (41° 16.580' N).

 
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TRAILS FOREVER is a multifaceted initiative that builds on existing strengths of the national park, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and our volunteers. Its purpose is to ensure that CVNP has a top-quality trail system in perpetuity, insulated from fluctuations in federal funding by a strong base of local support. The five tenets of TRAILS FOREVER are experiences, volunteerism, planning, trail enhancement, and philanthropy.

To learn more about the initiative visit www.cvnpa.org/trailsforever or contact Chief Development Officer John Debo at 330-657-2909 ext 122.


Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council (CVTC) works with the National Park Service to carry out the development of the planned network of over 200 miles of trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). With guidance from the National Park Service and from CVNP's 1985 Trail Plan, the CVTC sponsors numerous trail work projects which involve both the maintenance of existing trails and the development of new trails.

To learn more about the CVTC visit www.nps.gov/cuva/supportyourpark/trails-council.htm.

 
CVTC volunteers

CVTC volunteers

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Volunteer Contribution

- 52 Volunteers
- 780 hours
- Equivalent of $15,795 work hours


Project Volunteers

Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council Board Members:
President- Dave Daams, VP- Mike Brittain, Tom Fritsch, Joan Greenberg, Bill O'Brien, Kathleen Pettingill, Mike Wendelken, Gene Wimmer

Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council and Adopt-a-Trail Volunteers:
Ryan Bollas, Bill Bourquin, Richard Brittain, Jeri Bryant, Dave Burgan, Amanda Cox, Matthew Cox, Shaun Cox, Tom DiNardo, Henry Fortlage, Aaron Gordon, Kathy Gottschalk, Damon Grabski, Larry Grewe, Sue Harb, Jerry Hentsch, Chuck Hicks, Hunter Hicks, Phil Karlson, Mike Kosmyna, Mark Kroczynski, John McDowell, Keith Miles, Andrew Mueller, Tim Murphy, Sara Murphy, Geoffrey Neeson, Joel Newman, Evan Nolan, Bennett Norley, Carys Norley, Owen Norley, Tim Peters, Gary Prospero, Jim Reagan, Steve Schadelbauer, Brett Smigel, Mike Trinko, Don Turpin, Kevin Tuttle, Joe Vitanza, Jeff Watkins, Mark Watkins, Paul Wokoun


 
 

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.