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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 »

Canal Visitor Center Closes for Installation of New Exhibits

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Date: May 6, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio - Effective today, Monday, May 6, 2013, Canal Visitor Center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) will close for construction to prepare for new interpretive exhibits. It will reopen in early 2014 with in-depth exhibits exploring the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The project was awarded $1 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Scenic Byways Program with matching funds provided by the National Park Service. The new exhibits will explore local, regional, and national history, showing how the Ohio & Erie Canal transformed trade, travel, and daily life in the Cuyahoga Valley and beyond.

Visit CVNP's other visitor centers where park staff and volunteers will introduce you to the attractions in the park, help you plan your visit, and answer your questions. You can also obtain park and trail maps, Junior Ranger publications, train schedules, and brochures highlighting the cultural and natural history of the Cuyahoga Valley.

Boston Store Visitor Center is located at 1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264. Exhibits tell the story of canal boat building in the Cuyahoga Valley. This visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September through May: and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June through August.

Peninsula Depot Visitor Center is located at 1630 Mill Street, off Akron Peninsula Road, north of SR 303, Peninsula 44264. Find information and orientation to CVNP and the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Saturdays and Sundays, March to May, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June through August.

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

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Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.