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.
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 »
With its long history of disturbance, Cuyahoga Valley National Park contains a number of nonnative species.
The new pest is the emerald ash borer, an Asian wood-boring beetle that kills ash trees three to five years after infestation. Adults are dark metallic green, and fly from May through September to ash trees to mate and lay eggs. Larvae emerge and tunnel beneath the bark, chewing on vascular tissue and interrupting the tree’s circulatory system. An infestation only becomes apparent once the canopy thins, branches die back, and death begins. By then, the insect has long since moved on. The emerald ash borer has already killed millions of ash trees from Illinois to Maryland and up into Ontario. It is in at least 26 Ohio counties, including those in and near CVNP. The Ohio Department of Agriculture prohibits the transportation of ash tree materials and all non-coniferous firewood out of quarantined areas.
These and other nonnative species in CVNP are evaluated and monitored by resources management staff. As directed by the park’s general management plan, exotic plant and animal species are controlled or eradicated when possible.
Did You Know?
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.