• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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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.

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    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 »

Horses

Horse in field.

©Tom Jones

Horses have served multiple purposes on Cuyahoga Valley farms. Horses have pulled carts and ploughs, taken tourists on carriage rides, been raised and sold, been boarded for other owners, and become beloved companions for farm children.

Peggy and Tress Pittenger devoted much of their lives to raising, selling, and boarding horses at their farm, Blackacre, on Quick Road. Peggy worked hard to turn Blackacre into a thriving horse breeding business, while also writing popular books on how to raise horses. Peggy, Tress, and their three children learned that a successful horse farm requires hard work, persistence, and a little good luck.

In 2011, their son David Pittenger composed a history of his family farm for the National Park Service. Click to read more about the Blackacre Farm.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
Click the topics to hear stories about Cuyahoga Valley life.
Click here to read the text file.

Peggy's Horses (1 minute 38 seconds)
Philip Urbank, who grew up on Quick Road, tells a story about Peggy Pittenger and her horses.

Horse Fairs (20 seconds)
Until recently, Ronnie Meyers and his father Willis bought, sold, and trained Belgian horses for special competitions.

Horse-Drawn Vehicles (32 seconds)
At the Carriage Trade Farm, owner Wade Johnson continues his grandfather's tradition of raising horses and offering sleigh and hayrides near Brandywine Falls.




Did You Know?

Image of Civilian Conservation Corps statue outside Happy Days Visitor Center.

During the Great Depression, the "boys of Company 567" of the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape the landscape that would later become Cuyahoga Valley National Park by constructing buildings, playfields, and a lake, as well as planting over 100 acres of trees.