• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Picnic Area Park Lot CLosed - Plateau Trail Loop Affected

    Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.

  • 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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

Overlook at Ledges

Overlook at Ledges



Towpath Trail (More Info)

Where are restrooms and water fountains along the Towpath Trail?
There are restrooms at every
trail head and water is available
at the major trailheads.
See MAP for more details.

Where can I park my car to use the Towpath Trail at night?
The following parking areas are open 24 hours: Rockside Station, Canal Visitor
Center,Frazee House, Station Road Bridge, Red Lock, Boston Store, Lock 29, Hunt
Farm, Indigo Lake, Ira Trailhead, and Botzum.

If using these areas over night please inform the Communication Center
at (800) 433-1986 EXT 0.

Deep Lock Quarry is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hike & Bike

Where can I take my bike?
Where can I rent a bike?

Where can I Hike?
Can I hike off trail?

People are allowed to hike off-trail unless otherwise posted.

Stay the Night (More Info)

Can I camp in the park?
Can I have a campfire in the park?
Is there a place to stay the night in the park?

Is there any RV parking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park?
Cuyahoga Valley does not have the resources to hold RV's overnight.

Water Activities

Where can I fish in the park?
Fishing at Kendall lake is closed for the next three to four years due to fish restocking.
Where can I canoe or kayak?
Where can I Swim In the park?
There are currently no places to swim in the park.
Where can I boat in the park?
Motorized boats are not allowed in any of the ponds or lakes in the park.

Other Activities

Where can I do winter sports?
Where can I ride the train?
Can I do Geocaching or Earthcaching?
Are there any bird watching tours?
What kind of activities are available?



When was the park established?
When did the park's name change?
How large is the park?

What is the weather like in the park?
Is there an Artist-in-Residence program?
Currently the park does not have an artist program.
Can I rent a farm in the park?
What are current hot topics in the park?


The federal government does not allow the removal of natural resources from the National Park.

For preservation purposes the park does not disclose the location of archeological sites.

For safety reasons the park does not allow swimming in any of the lakes and ponds in the park.

To protect the resources the park does not allow rock climbing.

To protect the natural resources the park does not allow off-road vehicles or hunting on park property.

Bikes may only be used on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath trail, and designated connector trails. Bikes are not allowed on any other trails in the park.

Alcohol consumption is not allowed in any area of the park.

Did You Know?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.