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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 »

Man Falls to Death at Brandywine Falls

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Date: May 11, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio – On Tuesday afternoon, May 10, 2010, Daniel Bollini, a 31-year old visitor from Canal Fulton, Ohio slipped and fell off the top of Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. National Park Rangers responded with the assistance of several agencies to operate a rescue which turned into a recovery operation. Mr. Bollini was walking on the top of the falls when he slipped in the water and went over the edge, falling 60ft to the bottom of the falls. Two hikers were downstream, below the falls, and one of them tried to reach Mr. Bollini but was unsuccessful.

Multiple agencies were involved in the rescue operation, including: the Summit County Special Operations Response Team, which includes technical and water rescue team members; Cuyahoga Falls, Northfield Center, Sagamore Hills, Hudson, Macedonia, Akron, Brecksville, and Bath Fire Departments; Sagamore Hills Police Department, Summit County Sherriff’s Department, and the National Park Service.

Divers recovered the body of Mr. Bollini from the base of the falls approximately 4:30 p.m. He was transported to Sagamore Hills Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by the coroner at 5 p.m.

Brandywine Falls is located in Sagamore Hills, Ohio and is one of the most popular attractions in the national park. The area has safety railings along the gorge by the waterfall and warning signs of potential slipping and falling due to the wet rock. Boardwalks and viewing areas are provided for visitor safety.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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.