• 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 »

Park Planning

Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC)
The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park resources. Visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website to learn more about current plans and projects.

What's new for Cuyahoga Valley National Park?

Trail Plan Finalized - December 2013
The Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement establishes a blueprint to guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system and its associated amenities over the next 15 years, in keeping with the purpose, mission and significance of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Key elements of the Preferred Alternative include the following:
- Adoption of updated Sustainable Trail Guidelines
- Restoration of existing trails with Sustainable Trail Design methods and management practices
- Creation of new trails that offer new trail experiences for a variety of trail users
- Creation of new trail amenities that will enhance trail experiences within the park; and
- Opportunities for trail connections within the park and with regional and local trail systems

Documents for the trail plan are available at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/cuyahogatrailplan.

Update of the Cuyahoga Valley NP Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment - June 2014
The NPS is updating its current Fire Management Plan to comply with policy and provide long-term direction for wildland-fire response, fire prevention, and use of prescribed fire. The proposed plan includes potential use of prescribed fire at two additional sites to improve habitat and manage burnable fuels. The two locations include the former Richfield Coliseum site in Richfield Township and the Terra Vista Natural Study Area in the Village of Valley View. The remainder of the park will remain full suppression.

All documents relating to the EA are available at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=39508. The public are encouraged to comment online. However, for those without internet access, written comments, including name and address, may be submitted via regular and should be addressed to:

Craig Kenkel, Superintendent
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Rd
Brecksville, OH 44141

All comments will be taken until August 1, 2014.

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TRAILS FOREVER is a multifaceted program that builds on existing strengths of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and our volunteers. Its purpose is to ensure that CVNP has a top-quality trail system, in perpetuity, insulated from fluctuations in federal funding by a strong base of local support.
Click here to learn more about TRAILS FOREVER.

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.