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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 »

Trail Plan Finalized

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Date: December 17, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio – The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been released and published in the Federal Register for public notification.

The Record of Decision completes the Trail Management Plan process and provides the National Park Service the ability to begin with implementation of the Selected Alternative of the Plan.

"We thank the general public and our partners for their participation in the plan process," said Paul Stoehr, Acting Superintendent. "We have begun to outline a strategy for the Trail Plan’s implementation, which is one of the major tenets of our Trails Forever program. We look forward to continued community involvement as we work with volunteers and partners to develop the new trails outlined in the plan."

The Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement establishes a blueprint to guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system and its associated amenities over the next 15 years, in keeping with the purpose, mission and significance of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Key elements of the Preferred Alternative include the following:

- Adoption of updated Sustainable Trail Guidelines

- Restoration of existing trails with Sustainable Trail Design methods and management practices

- Creation of new trails that offer new trail experiences for a variety of trail users

- Creation of new trail amenities that will enhance trail experiences within the park; and

- Opportunities for trail connections within the park and with regional and local trail systems

Both the ROD and Final Trail Management Plan/EIS are available online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website. www.parkplanning.nps.gov/cuyahogatrailplan.

For more information about the park’s Trails Forever program visit www.nps.gov/cuva/trails-forever.htm.

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 call 330-657-2752.

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Did You Know?

Photo of Bald Eagle taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where an eagle pair built their first nest in 2006. Photo by Martin Trimmer.

November is the time to be on the lookout for bald eagles performing aerial courtship displays. Once eagles have selected each other, they plunge through the air in very high dives, locking their talons and breaking apart just when it looks as though they will crash to the ground.