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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • 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. Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure.

  • 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 »

  • Brandywine Creek Foot Bridge Closed

    The footbridge that crosses over the Brandywine Creek on the Brandywine Gorge Trail is closed due to damage sustained during a recent storm. The trail remains open but there is no detour. Visitors will need to backtrack to get back to parking lot. More »

Flooding in the Park

Public Closure Cancellation Hotline: (440) 546-5960

Friday, July 12, 2013
Update: 9:30 a.m.

OPEN AREAS:
- The Towpath trail is now completely OPEN. Flood waters have receded throughout the park.

- Holtzhauer Road access to the Towpath Trail is OPENING this morning.


CVSR:
- The train is running today. Check schedules at www.cvsr.com.


CLOSED AREAS:
- Vaughn/ Highland Road remains Closed as mud and debris are cleared off the roadway.

- Steps at Lock 29 CLOSED at top and bottom due to wash out hole. Maintenance staff are making repairs.

Help us get the sections open by respecting closures. Use caution on the open sections of the Towpath and do not cross high or standing water. NPS staff are working to clear the open sections of debris and mud.Hikers on the secondary trails may encounter downed trees or washouts. Please report this to the park's Communication Center at 440-546-5945. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance!

Safety Message:
NEVER ATTEMPT TO WALK, SWIM, OR DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED WATERS.
Six (6) inches of swiftly moving water (ankle deep) can sweep you off your feet and downstream. Two feet (2) of water moving at 10 mph is enough to sweep any passenger vehicle downstream.

Never drive around barricades or blocked roadways.

What to do if someone falls into flooded waters? Do not go after the victim! Call 911 and throw the victim something to use as a flotation device, such as a spare tire, a foam ice chest, or rope. Never place yourself in harm's way to attempt a rescue. You can not call for help if you become a victim too!

Flood waters from the Cuyahoga River can contain elevated levels of bacteria, pathogens, sewage, chemicals, pesticides, and other toxins. Risks may include exposure to salmonella, E. coli and tetanus. Prime growing conditions for allergens and molds may also be present. Never enter closed areas, do not permit your dog to walk in the leftover mud, hose your boots off and wash all exposed skin immediately with antibacterial soap and water.

 

Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.