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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Opens Part of the Towpath Trail, July 21, 2011

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Date: July 21, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service has opened part of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) that was closed to due to flooding conditions. The Towpath Trail is now open from Lock 39 Trailhead in Valley View to Boston Store Visitor Center and from Lock 29 Trailhead to Botzum Trailhead in Akron.

The trail remains closed from Boston Store Visitor Center to Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) service from Peninsula Depot Visitor Center to Akron Northside Station is not affected and regularly scheduled service continues, Wednesdays through Sundays. Bike Aboard! will be available starting Friday, July 22 from Peninsula Depot Visitor Center to Akron Northside Station. Visit www.CVSR.com for schedule.

CVSR has cancelled rain service from Akron Northside Station to Canton Station until further notice.

For up-to-date closures and cancellations visit www.nps.gov/cuva/flooding-in-the-park.htm or call the public closure cancellation hotline at 440-546-5960.

Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resources, and park staff. Please do not drive through moving water or designated closed areas. Flood waters from the Cuyahoga River can contain elevated levels of bacteria, pathogens, sewage, chemicals, pesticides, and other toxins. Risks may include exposure to salmonella, E. coli, and tetanus. Prime growing conditions for allergens and molds may also be present. Never enter closed areas, do not permit your dog to walk in the leftover mud, hose off your boots, and wash all exposed skin immediately with antibacterial soap and water.

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 www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.

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Did You Know?

Photo of Bald Eagle taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where an eagle pair built their first nest in 2006. Photo by Martin Trimmer.

November is the time to be on the lookout for bald eagles performing aerial courtship displays. Once eagles have selected each other, they plunge through the air in very high dives, locking their talons and breaking apart just when it looks as though they will crash to the ground.