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    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 »

Just for Fun

Boy with horn in front of Gilson House.
NPS Collection
 

Who Can Resist a Good Laugh?
Listen as local residents share amusing stories about life in the Cuyahoga Valley.

 
Oral history audio

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

Hidden Gold? (1 minute 23 seconds)
David Darst, who worked on the Bender Farm from the 1950s through the 1970s, shares the legend of Dan Brown's gold, possibly hidden in his grave.

Mr. Hale's Stagecoach (1 minute 9 seconds)
Ott Wilson, whose father worked on the Hale Farm in the 1930s, tells why Clara Belle Ritchie decided to burn her uncle's stagecoach.

Turkeys ♥ Cars (44 seconds)
Terry Smith of the Goatfeathers Point Farm describes his turkeys' unusual affection for certain vehicles.

Mom Versus the Turkey (38 seconds)
Dorothy Vani tells a story about her mother and the turkey on their farm on Akron Peninsula Road, near Boston Mills Road.

Attack Geese (1 minute 14 seconds)
Daniel Greenfield of Greenfield Berry Farm tells a story about ferocious geese he once owned.

Cigars in the Orchard (1 minute)
Willis Meyers, who grew up on Steels Corners Road, shares a story about the dangers of smoking.


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.