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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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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 »

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?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."