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    Cuyahoga Valley

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Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail Now Closed Due to Flooding

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Date: December 21, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, (440) 343-7355

Brecksville, Ohio– Due to excessive flooding the National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park until further notice. Multiple sections of the trail are anticipated to be affected by the flooding. The trail closure includes associated parking lots from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron. National Park Service staff will make assessments of trail conditions for resource and visitor safety before reopening the trail.

Cancellations

Due to the flooding, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's programThe Polar Express is cancelled for tonight. All tickets will automatically be refunded. For any additional questions, please call 800-468-4070.

The Winter Warm-ups hike scheduled at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Ira Trailhead is cancelled.

Please check www.nps.gov/cuvain advance of traveling to the park for updates.

Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resource, and park staff. Please do not drive through moving water or designated closed areas.

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.

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.