• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Towpath Trail Closure

    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. More »

  • 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 »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Childhood Adventures

Young girl and cow.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society
 
Helping out at Spicy Lamb Farm.

Helping out at The Spicy Lamb Farm.

NPS/Ted Toth

Imagine waking up to a rooster's crow, crawling from your bed, and entering a chilly barn to milk cows. As the sun rises higher, it's time to get dressed and walk to school. In the afternoon, your mother gives you extra chores: gathering eggs, churning butter, cleaning the barn, washing dishes, or other needed tasks. In the evening, you play horseshoes with your brothers and sisters before gathering around the dinner table to enjoy your mother's famous cooking.

Outside of these routines, children on the farm found exciting adventures in the surrounding landscape. Fields, hills, and streams transformed into imaginary lands that offered places to play and explore. Friends invented new games with ropes, hay, or whatever materials were available. Despite many responsibilities on the farm, children enjoyed their freedom, escaping outdoors to their favorite locations.

Click the links to learn about how children balanced Doing Chores, Going to School, and Having Fun. In Animal Stories, hear how valley residents lived, worked, and played with farm animals.

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.