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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Management

The Ledges Overlook in CVNP

The Ledges Overlook in CVNP

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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?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."