Laws & Policies
A number of laws and policies guide the management of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, starting with the enabling legislation that created the national park.
Name Change Legislation by U.S. Congress
Within 36 CFR, park superintendents are granted the right to make park-specific regulations. The Superintendent's Compendium is the document that spells out Cuyahoga Valley National Park's regulations.
Park User Responsibility: It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearm laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Enforcement/Concealed-Carry. Refer to the Ohio Revised Code for more information.
Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities: Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those facilities are marked with signs at all public entrances. This includes, but is not limited to, Park Headquarters buildings, Happy Days Lodge, Canal Exploration Center, Boston Store Visitor Center, Peninsula Depot Visitor Center, and Hunt House. It is also illegal to possess firearms within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center property. Refer to 18 U.S.C. § 930.
Hunting is Prohibited in the Park: Federal law prohibits hunting and the discharge of firearms in the park. Refer to 36 CFR 2.2(a)(1) and 36 CFR 2.4(a)(1)(iii).
Contact Information: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Chief Ranger's Office at (440) 546-5940 or (440) 546-5944