• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Avian Photography Workshop Rescheduled forWednesday, September 24

    Avian Photography workshop hosted by the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 25. It has been changed to tonight, Wednesday, September 24. Happy Days Lodge, 7 - 9 p.m.

  • 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 »

Management

The Ledges Overlook in CVNP

The Ledges Overlook in CVNP

©TOM JONES

Mission Statement
The park's mission statement pulls key language from the park purpose set by the law the created the park in 1974:

To preserve and protect for public use and enjoyment the historic, scenic, natural, and recreational values of the Cuyahoga River Valley, to maintain the open space necessary for the urban environment, and to provide for the recreational and educational needs of the visiting public.



Foundation Document
Every unit of the national park system is required to have a formal statement of its core mission that will provide basic guidance for all planning and management decisions. Click here to download the July 2013 Foundation Document Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

 

Vision Statement
By fostering a culture of excellence, innovation, and superior public service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be widely recognized as a leader among national parks.

The public will see Cuyahoga Valley National Park as a major regional asset and national tourism destination.

This means that we will:

· Be a destination park for visitors from all 50 states.
· Provide value and positive financial impact to the region.
· Foster safety in everything we do.
· Be considered a leader and innovator in:

o Education
o Stewardship of resources in an urban setting
o Visitor experience
o Embracing and leveraging park partners for success
o Environmental sustainability

Strategic Goals
The goals that will define the park's strategic activities over the next several years are:

Goal #1 - Visitor Experience
Goal #2 - Resource Stewardship
Goal #3 - Park Management and Workforce
Goal #4 - Leveraging Partners, Volunteers, and Funding

 

Discover the Story of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Western Reserve PBS created a one-hour documentary, Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This video tells the story of the park's natural wonders and the people whose lives have crossed its many paths. Click here to watch Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park online.

 

Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.