• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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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 »

Women on the Farm

Woman feeding chickens.

Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society

More than farmers' wives, women in the Cuyahoga Valley have been integral to the functioning of family farms. Many have plowed fields alongside husbands and sons, or made cheese for the dairy operations.

More surprising, research has revealed that a few women ran (and run!) farms in their own right. Elizabeth Hynton, John Hynton's surviving spouse, lived in the Frazee House after 1861 and is listed as the farm's owner. Comparing her farm to others in the area, we find that her farm has more land in improved acreage than the average farm and produced 480 eggs and over 600 pounds of butter in a year!

Click here to read how Peggy Pittenger once ran a successful horse business on Quick Road, with assistance from her husband Tress.

Even today, the valley is home to farming women, including Laura DeYoung of The Spicy Lamb Farm. Visit Heritage Farms and you may find Carol Haramis hard at work on a tractor or among the growing the Christmas trees.

Did You Know?

Image of Civilian Conservation Corps statue outside Happy Days Visitor Center.

During the Great Depression, the "boys of Company 567" of the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape the landscape that would later become Cuyahoga Valley National Park by constructing buildings, playfields, and a lake, as well as planting over 100 acres of trees.