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    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 »

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?

December 17, 2013
Trail Plan Finalized
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been released and published in the Federal Register for public notification.

The Record of Decision completes the Trail Management Plan process and provides the National Park Service the ability to begin with implementation of the Selected Alternative of the Plan.

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

Both the ROD and Final Trail Management Plan/EIS are available online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/cuyahogatrailplan.

 
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TRAILS FOREVER Program
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. The five tenets of TRAILS FOREVER are experiences, volunteerism, planning, trail enhancement, and philanthropy. Click here to learn more about TRAILS FOREVER.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.