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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 »

Summer Fun Includes a Picnic, Lawn Games, and Tales Around the Campfire

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Date: June 9, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio – Every summer people gather around national park campfires to hear the stories of America. This summer Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) offers an opportunity to make memories for your family on select Mondays at the Ledges Shelter. Family activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a campfire starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner. Play games on the lawn, enjoy a campfire (indoors during inclement weather) and share some good old-fashioned campfire tales. Afterwards, take a hike to the Ledges Overlook for a beautiful sunset. Alcohol is prohibited.

Scheduled Campfires

Monday, June 13
Who’s Out There?
Gather round to hear the stories about nocturnal animals that call Cuyahoga Valley National Park home.

Monday, June 27
Coyote the Trickster
Coyote is on trial for being a trickster; join the jury as we explore coyotes through American Indian Storytelling.

Monday, July 11
Silly Songs and Stories
Silly campfire stories and songs will make this a night of fun that you’ll never forget.

Monday, July 25
Discover Bats
Explore what new with Cuyahoga Valley National Parks bat population through games and activities.

Monday, August 8
American Indian Night Legends
Tales of the Night will captive your imagination as storytellers weave their magic sharing American Indian stories around our campfire.

Monday, August 22
Men Behind the Myths
What do Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Davy Crockett have in common? Join us to explore the facts and myths behind these and other legendary individuals.

Ledges Shelter is located on Truxell/Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264.

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?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.