• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 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, Construction, and Schedule Changes:

Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot and Plateau Trail Loop Closure
Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Visitors will unable to complete the Plateau Trail Loop. Detours are posted. Click here to view the Oak Hill Trail Map that shows the closures.

Valley Bridle Trail Closure
Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure in place. Signs posted.

Brandywine Creek Foot Bridge Closed–Temporary Bridge in Place
The fiberglass footbridge that crosses over the Brandywine Creek on the Brandywine Gorge Trail is closed due to damage sustained from high water from a recent flood. A temporary bridge has been installed and visitors will be able to complete the Brandywine Gorge Trail, during good weather. The bridge may be flooded and impassable during heavy rains. Signs have been installed in the area to caution visitors.


 

Wildlife Closures

Ice Box Cave: Bat Population Threatened
Ice Box Cave, located at Ritchie Ledges, is closed in an effort to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the northeastern and eastern U.S. and threatens our bat population in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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.


Long Term Closures:

Oak Hill Road
Oak Hill Road from the northern corporate line of Cuyahoga Falls to the Everett Road connector is closed due to a failure of the embankment along Furnace Run. Posted detour routes are from Everett Road, to Riverview Road, to Ira Road. For updates on this project and others throughout the county, please see the Summit County Engineer's website at: http://summitengineer.net.


Old Carriage Trail Bridges
The three bridges on the Old Carriage Trail in Sagamore Hills remain closed until further notice. The bridges have been determined to be unsafe for pedestrian traffic due to accelerated deterioration on structural portions of the bridges. The Old Carriage Trail will remain open at both entrances except for bridge access. The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Bike & Hike connector to the Towpath Trail is open.

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 & Tabletop Trail
These trails are closed until further notice.

Did You Know?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.