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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 »

Roadside Stands and Markets

Polcen stand.

The Polcens' stand on SR 82.

NPS/Carolyn Conklin

As transportation improved, tourism increased in the Cuyahoga Valley. City dwellers came via canal boat, train, and, later, automobile. With more visitors, local farmers could sell products directly from their homes. Roadside stands, usually at the end of the farmer's driveway, offered a convenient and inexpensive way to market goods. Most farmers only set up their roadside stands on weekends, since they travelled to urban markets during the week.

"[Customers] were very nice, and they always came back to buy stuff when I had it to sell. We used to sell quite a few tomatoes and apples there, everything I had there at the farm. Beans … I used to pick half a bushel of beans in twenty minutes. That's a lot of beans!"
Elizabeth Thalman, former Richfield farmer, 2011

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Farm Stands (29 seconds)
Warren Roller, who lived where the Coliseum once stood in Richfield, describes how State Road 303 looked like a "growers' market" during the mid-20th century.

Roadside stands still exist in the valley today, attracting local and visiting customers. The Polcen Farm (Northfield), Neitenbach Farm (Cuyahoga Falls), Spring Hill Farm and Market (Brecksville), and Canal Corners Farm and Market (Valley View) continue to sell sweet corn and other local foods from their family-owned and operated stands.

The Szalay Sweet Corn Farm (Peninsula), Foote Farm (Valley View), and Country Maid Ice Cream and Orchard (Richfield) operate larger roadside markets that sell a variety of local products, from fruits and vegetables to soaps and pies.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.