• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Temporary Bridge Installed at Brandywine Creek

    A temporary bridge has been installed over Brandywine Creek and visitors will be able to complete the Brandywine Gorge Trail, during good weather. The bridge may be flooded and impassable during heavy rains. Caution signs are in place. More »

  • Towpath Trail Closures

    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 »

  • Road Closures

    Quick Rd is closed from Akron Peninsula Rd to Pine Hollow Trailhead in Peninsula, from Wednesday, 7/16, for 6 weeks. Detours posted. Hines Hill Rd is closed from Tuesday, 7/29 through Tuesday, 8/12 for resurfacing from I271 to the Boston Township Line. More »

  • Riverview Road Repaving and Closure

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15.Road is open with single lane closures. Riverview Rd is closed from Boston Mills Rd to the Cuyahoga Cty line starting Mon, 7/14 for for 3 weeks. Detours posted. 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?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.