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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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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 »

Accessibility

Visitor rides on the Towpath Trail.

A visitor rides his wheelchair on the accessible Towpath Trail.

©ARRYE ROSSER


Cuyahoga Valley National Park is here to remove barriers and build enjoyable experiences for everyone.


If You Have Mobility Needs

  • All visitor centers are accessible. Our park map shows exact locations and specific features.
  • Many of the park's most popular attractions are fully accessible: the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (including the Beaver Marsh near Ira Trailhead-the exception is a steep incline over Lock 29), the Everett Road Covered Bridge, Brandywine Falls, and the heronry along Bath Road.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a partner in Spree for All, a universally accessible hiking series organized by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.
  • Horseshoe Pond has an accessible fishing pier.
  • Wheelchair access is available on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
  • The reservable picnic shelters and the Ralph Regula Room at Boston Store Visitor Center are accessible rental facilities.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its partners offer a series of Canalway Quests, treasure hunts with rhyming clues that tell how a place is special. Each quest includes a description of mobility considerations; several are wheelchair accessible.

 
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Audio tour headphones are fully compatible with hearing aids.

©Lynette Sprague-Falk

If You Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park can provide an interpreter for people with hearing needs. A minimum of two weeks is required to obtain an interpreter. To use this service, contact us at 800-433-1986 ext. 5991 or e-mail us.
  • Boston Store Visitor Center provides a subtitled video about the national park. New, fully accessible exhibits are planned for Canal Visitor Center, opening in late 2013.
  • Rather than calling, e-mail us for park information at e-mail us.
  • Assisted listening devices and a captioned version of the Voices of the Valley audio tour are available aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
 
Sight Center Cyclists on tandem bike.

Cleveland Sight Center cyclists on tandem bike enjoy a ride on the Towpath Trail.

©Sara Guren

If You Have Visual Needs

  • Large-print versions of this bulletin, the park's quarterly Schedule of Events, and the Valley Volunteer newsletter are available upon request by calling 800-433-1986 ext. 5991.
  • Winter activities and tandem bike programs are offered in conjunction with the Cleveland Sight Center throughout the year.
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's audio tour, Voices of the Valley, allows you to experience the national park through storytelling.
  • Boston Store Visitor Center provides an audio description of its video about the national park. Request a listening device at the front desk.
  • Audio stations with four educational messages are available at the Beaver Marsh and Station Road Bridge Trailhead.
  • We are piloting the use of tactile elements in various park exhibits. New, fully accessible exhibits are planned for Canal Visitor Center, opening in late 2013.
 
Ohio Winter Special Olympics Cross-Country Skiers

Winter Special Olympics cross-country skiers gather before the race.

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If You Have a Cognitive Disability

  • Ohio Winter Special Olympics are held annually in the national park.
  • Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad can accommodate groups of children or adults with special needs.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for groups of adults and/or teens with cognitive disabilities. For example, the BraVo! group from United Disability Services has assisted with preparing bells for The Polar Express™ train program and with Adopt-a-Trail. To learn more, contact the volunteer office at 330-657-2296 or volunteer@forcvnp.org.
 

If you or your organization have suggestions for programming that makes the national park more accessible to visitors with special needs, call 216-524-1497 ext. 225 or e-mail e-mail us. We would love to partner with a variety of groups concerned with accessibility issues.

Download our Meeting Your Special Needs site bulletin.

Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.