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 »
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 Closures and Construction Projects
The information provided below is intended to notify visitors of trail, road, and facility closures outside of normal operations. Reasonable effort will be made to keep information current. Road closures and weather-related trail closures often occur without notice and will be posted as information becomes available.
When necessary, Park Rangers will issue court citations to persons violating the terms of these closures under authority of 16 USC 3; 36 CFR 1.5(f)
Public Closure Cancellation Hotline: (440) 546-5960
Temporary Closures and Construction:
Pinery Narrows Area Bald Eagle Closure
While the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail remains open, the National Park Service will close the following areas:
Closed Canal Visitor Center Opens as Canal Exploration Center
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
From January 18 - March 16, Saturdays and Sundays, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside Station and the Brecksville Station. From March 22 - April 27, Saturdays & Sundays, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and the Village of Peninsula.
The full track is open from May 3 - May 25, Fridays (afternoon departure only), Saturdays, and Sundays. Bike Aboard! starts on May 3.
Long Term Closures:
Ice Box Cave: Bat Population Threatened
WNS is spread by bat-to-bat transmission and by humans transporting fungal spores on their shoes, clothes, and other gear from contaminated sites. Help slow the spread of WNS and reduce disturbance to bats by staying out of the cave. Please report any unusual bat activity, such as, bats flying outside during the day in cold winter months or bats clustering near the entrance to the cave.Contact Park Dispatch at 440-546-5945.
Kendall Lake Fishing
Due to the government shutdown in October 2013, NPS staff 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 for VK Lake. While we know people are seeing "big" fish from the shoreline, we still need to examine the size and the species composition in order to re-open the lake to fishing and also to re-adjust fishing regulations for size limits if necessary.
Other fishing opportunities are at Indigo Lake, Horseshoe Pond, Armington Pond, Sylvan Pond, Meadowedge Pond, Goosefeather Pond, Coonrad Pond, Terra Vista Lake, and Brushwood Lake. Fishing permits are required.
Stanford Road Wooden Bridge
Oak Hill Road
Old Carriage Trail Bridges
The National Park Service considers the Old Carriage Trail a priority for the public and is aggressively pursuing funding options to pay for the bridges. All comments and questions can be directed to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road Brecksville, Ohio 44141 or e-mail us
Dickerson Run Trail
Did You Know?
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.