• Kendall Hills in summer bloom 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 »

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?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.