• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Trail Closures

    The Towpath Trail will be closed during the day at Bath Rd for repair, Mon-Tue, 7/21-7/22, between Ira and Bath roads for repair. No detour. Ira parking lot open. Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Closed.

  • Quick Road Closure

    Quick Road is closed from Akron Peninsula Road to Pine Hollow Trailhead in Peninsula, from Wednesday, Ju7/16, for 6 weeks. Detours posted. 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 »

  • Brandywine Creek Foot Bridge Closed

    The footbridge that crosses over the Brandywine Creek on the Brandywine Gorge Trail is closed due to damage sustained during a recent storm. The trail remains open but there is no detour. Visitors will need to backtrack to get back to parking lot. More »

The Countryside Initiative

Lindley Barn after restoration.

Lindley Barn after restoration.

NPS/Ted Toth

In an era of increasing industrialization, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park serves as an undeveloped island sustaining the preservation of American farm life. The National Park Service's Countryside Initiative program promotes living, working farms that represent the rural heritage of the Cuyahoga Valley, while also protecting the park's resources. Through the Countryside Initiative, the National Park Service keeps alive the idea of the family farm.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Countryside Initiative (3 minutes 26 seconds)
Darwin Kelsey, Executive Director of Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, describes the organization's history, goals, and how he helped inventory the valley's historic farms.

Sustainable Farming (46 seconds)
Beth Knorr, Local Food Programs Coordinator/Markets Manager, explains how Countryside Conservancy makes sustainable farming more visible.


 
National Park Service educational program at Greenfield Berry Farm.

National Park Service educational program at Greenfield Berry Farm.

NPS/Ted Toth

The Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy was established in 1999 as a nonprofit cooperating partner of the National Park Service. During its first four years, Countryside Conservancy focused primarily on the Countryside Initiative farm rehabilitation program. Eleven Countryside Initiative farms were operational by 2009, and about 14 farms will be operational by 2015. During its first decade, Countryside Conservancy developed numerous educational programs to support new farmers, as well as to engage and educate the general public.

For more information visit the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy website.

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.