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Sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Open

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Date: March 7, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) has reopened sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Canal Visitor Center in Valley View to Boston Store Visitor Center in Peninsula, and then from Lock 29 in Peninsula to Botzum Trailhead in Akron. NPS crews are actively working to open other sections damaged by flood.

The following sections of the Towpath Trail remain closed due to flood damage:

- Lock 39 Trailhead to Canal Visitor Center

- Boston Store Visitor Center to Lock 29 Trailhead

- Lock 39 Parking Lot

- Ira Road Parking Lot

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.

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

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?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.