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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 »

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Collides with Passenger Car in North Canton

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Date: July 13, 2012
Contact: Kelly D Steele-Moore, Office: 330-657-1915; Cell: 330-201-1736


Peninsula, OH. - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) was on the second leg of its morning round trip between Canton and Akron when it struck a vehicle at the Portage Street NW crossing, fatally injuring the driver.

The train was headed south, and the driver of the car was believed to be travelling east when the collision occurred. The accident is still under investigation, being led by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

"Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers our sincerest condolences to the family of the victim," stated Craig Tallman, President and CEO of the not-for-profit railroad. "We are sensitive to the needs of our volunteers and train crew and will continue to support them as we work through this traumatic experience." No one on the train, passengers or crew, were injured.

The train tracks between Akron and the Canton Lincoln Highway Station are owned and maintained by


Akron Metro RTA. Tracks and crossing gates are inspected on a weekly basis.

CVSR operates in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park through a cooperative agreement. Spokesperson for the National Park, Jennie Vasarhelyi offered: "We at the National Park offer our sympathies to the families involved in this terrible tragedy."

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers scenic train excursions between Independence and Canton, Ohio Wednesday through Sundays through out June, July and August. Regular operations will resume July 14, 2012. The excursions between Independence and Akron, traveling through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, are offered year-round.


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Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."