• 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.

  • 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 »

Orchards

Harvest fruits.

Courtesy/Countryside Conservancy

Several Cuyahoga Valley farms feature orchards with rows of trees growing juicy apples, pears, peaches, or plums. They are usually located in the uplands-for good reason. Philip Urbank, who grew up on Quick Road in Peninsula, explained, "To put in a good orchard you should put it way on high ground because you have your last frost about the third week of May. [When] the frost settles in the low ground … it frosts any of the fruit trees."

Country Maid Ice Cream & Orchard in Richfield has used fresh fruit in its home-made ice cream since 1948. Brothers Don and Steve Torma, the current owners, maintain about 1,500 apple, 300 peach, and 200 plum trees.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Variety of Fruit (50 seconds)
Don Torma describes the varieties of apples and peaches that his family grows.

 
Country Maid Ice Cream & Orchard
Country Maid Ice Cream & Orchard
NPS/Arrye Rosser

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.