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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 »

Park Basics

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Scenic railroad passes through the  valley, beside the Cuyahoga River.

NPS/tim fenner

The Cuyahoga Valley stretches between two of Ohio’s largest cities—Cleveland and Akron. The valley surrounds the Cuyahoga River as it snakes its way towards the great Lake Erie. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) includes more than fifty square miles of thick forest, deep gorges, green wetlands, and rocky waterfalls. There are also historic villages, an old canal towpath, farm fields, a covered bridge, and a sightseeing railroad in the park.

Twenty-two miles of the Cuyahoga River runs through CVNP. American Indians called it “Ka-ih-ogh-ha,” or “crooked river” because of its U-shaped path through northeast Ohio. People have lived in the Cuyahoga Valley for 13,000 years. Prehistoric peoples to pioneers, canal builders, and twentieth century immigrants have left their mark on the valley.

 
Early Bus Tour of CVNP

In the early 1970s, park advocates lead bus tours through the valley to spark interest in creating a national park.

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In the 1960s many Northeast Ohioans felt like water pollution, expanded highways, and other problems of urban sprawl were quickly taking over much of the Cuyahoga Valley. So citizens got together with their members of Congress to save the valley’s scenic and historic places. In 1974 Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area became one of a number of urban National Park sites, meant to give people living in cities places for outdoor recreation. In 2000 the park was renamed Cuyahoga Valley National Park to highlight its place within the National Park System.


 
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National Parks protect America’s treasures. They forever preserve our country’s special places. Some are famously scenic, like Grand Canyon, or famously historic, like Gettysburg. Other National Parks protect unique natural places, like Everglades, and most are great places for outdoor fun. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is all these. It is scenic, historic, and full of nature as well as fun things to do.

 
Today more than 4 million people live within a half hour drive of CVNP. Visitors come to learn how past generations and long ago cultures lived in the valley and to enjoy and connect with the natural world thriving there today.
 
Satellite Image of CVNP
Satellite image showing Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Akron and Cleveland. The Cuyahoga
River flows north through the park to Lake Erie.
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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.