• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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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 »


Yellow Warbler

Yellow warbler feeds on green grub.


Cuyahoga Valley National Park's diverse landscape provides habitat for about 250 species of birds. A total of 28 of these species are of concern for conservation for which the park provides important habitat.

Songbirds are found in CNVP throughout the year, though large numbers migrate through the area in spring and fall. To learn more about these songbirds, researchers are currently performing two studies. A study of the relative abundance of forest songbirds and their specific habitat requirements within the park is underway. Another study focuses on the potential value of electric utility corridors for migrating songbirds.


Wetland Habitats
The park's riverine and wetland habitats support many different bird species. Great blue herons, not known to nest in the park before the 1980s, now raise young in three heronries within or adjacent to the park boundary. Wood ducks, Canada geese, and other waterfowl are found throughout the park.


Ten raptors are either summer or year-round residents of the Cuyahoga Valley. Since 2006, bald eagles have become a regular sight in Cuyahoga Valley National Park when they returned after a 70-year absense. For bald eagle updates click here.


Want to Learn More About Our Birds?


Going Bird Watching?
Take along our two bird lists:

Throughout the year, join park rangers and volunteers to discover why the Audubon Society has designated CVNP as an Important Bird Area. All events are listed in our Schedule of Events.

Visit the new Lake Erie Birding Trail website for information on visiting 83 other birding sites along Ohio's Lake Erie coast.

Get up-to-date Ohio birding news from the American Birding Association.

Record your bird sightings on eBird.


Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.