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, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.
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 »
Search for Missing Woman Continues
Contact: Jennie Vasarhelyi, CVNP, 440-546-5990, 440-343-7352 (cell)
Brecksville, Ohio – The search for Hillary K. Sharma continues in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Sharma, age 30, is a resident of Eastlake, Ohio. She is 5’3” tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes.
Sharma’s vehicle was found at Boston Store Visitor Center around midnight on Friday, August 22, after Eastlake Police Department issued an alert reporting her missing. A search started at that time and continued throughout the day with many participating agencies. The search included ground teams with search dogs, horse patrol, boats on the Cuyahoga River, and a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.
The search is continuing Saturday, led by a joint incident command including the National Park Service, Valley Fire Department, and Brecksville Fire Department. The search is staging from Boston Store Visitor Center. The parking lot is closed, but the visitor center is open. Visitors coming to the center will be directed to a grass lot at the corner of Riverview and Boston Mills roads.
People who may have information about Sharma are asked to call the National Park dispatch office at (440) 546-5945.
Boston Store Visitor Center in the primary visitor center for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is centrally located in the park. The park 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 call 330-657-2752.
Did You Know?
The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.