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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 »

2013 Canalway Questing Season Begins

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Date: April 12, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Contact: Katie Montgomery, Ohio & Erie Canalway, 330-860-0825

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, and their partners Cleveland Metroparks; Stark Parks; Cascade Locks Park Association; and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County announce the third full season of Canalway Questing, an interactive recreational activity in Northeast Ohio. From Monday, April 15, through Friday, November 15, go on 30 adventures-called quests-in the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Questing is free. All you need is a pencil, one of the quest brochures, and comfortable walking shoes. The Canalway Questing program began with a pilot season in fall 2010. Since then, about 3,000 individuals have followed rhyming clues, logged into a hidden box, collected an impression of its unique stamp, and replaced the box for others to find. Each year the program has grown in popularity, attracting new questers and luring experienced ones back with additional titles in the series. While most questers are from Ohio, visitors from at least 15 other states-from as far away as California, Texas, North Carolina, and Vermont-have signed the quest logbooks.

The 2013 season kicks off with five new titles. Quest for Brushwood Boulder and Brushwood Water Quest are in Furnace Run Metro Park in Richfield. History Spoke to Us Quest and Tranquility Quest are in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The former is a Towpath Trail bicycling adventure that starts at Canal Visitor Center. The latter is a meditative experience that begins at Octagon Shelter. Rise of Akron Quest is the second of three quests planned for Cascade Locks Park in Akron. The cluster is being created to serve school groups as well as the general public.

For more information and to download the quests, visit www.ohioanderiecanalway.com and search under Activities for Questing. Quests also are available at park visitor centers.

Scheduled Questing Events

Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19,
Sunday, June 9, and
Saturday, August 24

Stop by to chat with a park ranger and Quest Crew volunteers about the Canalway Questing program. Pick up the latest quest clues and carve your own signature stamp. Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center, 1 - 3 p.m.

The Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center is located at 2054 Bolanz Road, between Riverview and Akron Peninsula roads, Peninsula 44264.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area-designated by Congress in 1996-to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns, and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information about the park, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.


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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.