• 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, September22 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 »

Green Practices

What it Means to be "Green"
Cuyahoga Valley National Park in partnership with Conservancy for CVNP, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR), and the Countryside Conservancy are committed to pursuing the highest standards possible focused on sustainable operations and projects. We have collectively accomplished the following starting in 2012.

Holland House Renovation

The Holland House renovation, now part of the Trapp Family Farm, included green builidng practices and sustainable materials.


Green Maintenance for Buildings:

  • Certified wood from sustainable foresting
  • Low emitting fume paint (low VOC)
  • Reuse or salvage of building materials during rehabs: doors, windows, trim, hardware, wood flooring, brick, stone, wood framing, light fixtures
  • Recycling of some construction debris: metals- Insulating walls, ceilings, and attics where possible in historic structures
  • Installation of energy efficient windows and/or storm windows and doors
  • Conversion to 96% efficient furnaces in over 40 park buildings- Replacement of standard HVAC to Zone Systems for energy efficiency

Porous Pavement at Rockside Station

Porous pavement acts as a filter as water passes through a series of aggregates before exiting.


Green Maintenance for Roads:

  • Porous paving filters the water to pass through a series of aggregates before exiting into the watershed thereby reducing pollutants and slowing the movement of water into the surrounding environment. No freezing or thawing occurs so less deicer is used within these areas - a benefit to our natural resources.
  • Stabilized turf parking allows for a green parking area with aggregate base
  • Locations using the porous pavement are the Rockside Railroad Boarding Station parking lot, the new Brandywine Falls parking lot, and the Cancasci House at the corner of Route 82 and Chaffee Road.
Fiberglass bridge

Volunteers help to install a fiberglass bridge at Blue Hens Falls.


Green Maintenance for Trails:

  • Sustainable trail design to reduce impacts to the resource
  • Utilize natural ntormwater management by slowing water down
  • Fiberglass or FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) bridges have less impacts to natural resources during installation, lower maintenance, less stream impacts with clear span and cost reduction using volunteer work force.
Low mowing

CVNP reduces its carbon footprint with a modified mowing schedule that leaves grass growing longer.


Green Maintenance for Grounds:

  • Modified mowing schedule targets higher service to visitor use areas
  • Mow areas reduced around park to lower carbon footprint by decreasing mowing emissions, pollutants, noise, and vehicle mobilization
  • Native grasses are better for habitat – birds, animals, and pollinators (butterflies, bees, dragonflies).
  • Low-Mow Grasses used to reduce mowing frequency
Farm solar panels

Farmers use solar panels to reduce energy.


Countryside Initiative green farming practices:

  • Riparian buffers- Rotational grazing
  • Cover cropping
  • Solar powered fencing and water pumps
  • Minimal use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
  • Direct marketing to the consumers
  • Crop and livestock diversification
  • On farm composting
  • Cooperative purchases and equipment use to reduce carbon footprint

Sustainability News
Cuyahoga Valley National Park introduces a new series of articles, written by our volunteer sustainability reporters, educating visitors about sustainabilty issues within the park and with its partners. Click here to link to the sustainability news page.

Did You Know?

Photo of Bald Eagle taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where an eagle pair built their first nest in 2006. Photo by Martin Trimmer.

November is the time to be on the lookout for bald eagles performing aerial courtship displays. Once eagles have selected each other, they plunge through the air in very high dives, locking their talons and breaking apart just when it looks as though they will crash to the ground.