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    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 »

Sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Reopen

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Date: December 22, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, (440) 343-7355

Brecksville, Ohio– The National Park Service has reopened most of the sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The trail was closed on December 21 due to anticipated flooding. The Towpath Trail is now open from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville and from Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula to Botzum Trailhead in Akron.

The remaining closed section is from Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville to Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula, due to standing water on sections of the trail. NPS staff will continue to assess conditions and will make repairs as necessary to reopen the trail.

Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resource, and park staff. Please do not drive through moving water or bypass road closures or make contact with moving water due potential exposure to chemicals or sewage. For more information about the hazards of flood waters, visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/flood/index.html.

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.

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Did You Know?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.