• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Towpath Trail Closure

    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 »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Water Shortage

In the valley lowlands, groundwater is not easily accessible. Most buildings in communities such as Peninsula need to obtain potable water from outside sources and store it in an outside cistern. In seasons with very little rainfall, this can be both expensive and in high demand. Throughout the 20th century to the present day, water haulers have helped valley residents overcome the shortage.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Water Shortage (1 minute 48 seconds)
Philip Urbank, who grew up on Quick Road in Peninsula and worked as a well driller, describes the valley water shortage and the steps that residents take to provide water to their homes and businesses.


 
Howe aqueduct.
Valley communities need to find outside sources of water. In 1825, Richard Howe built this aqueduct near Yellow Creek to carry water.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society

Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."