• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Trail Closures

    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure.

  • Road Closures

    Quick Rd is closed from Akron Peninsula Rd to Pine Hollow Trailhead in Peninsula, from Wednesday, 7/16, for 6 weeks. Detours posted. Hines Hill Rd is closed from Tuesday, 7/29 through Tuesday, 8/12 for resurfacing from I271 to the Boston Township Line. More »

  • Riverview Road Repaving and Closure

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15.Road is open with single lane closures. Riverview Rd is closed from Boston Mills Rd to the Cuyahoga Cty line starting Mon, 7/14 for for 3 weeks. Detours posted. More »

  • Brandywine Creek Foot Bridge Closed

    The footbridge that crosses over the Brandywine Creek on the Brandywine Gorge Trail is closed due to damage sustained during a recent storm. The trail remains open but there is no detour. Visitors will need to backtrack to get back to parking lot. More »

Do I need a Filming or Photography Permit?

The National Park Service encourages filming and photography when it will promote the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, provided that the activity does not violate the criteria listed below:

  • Is appropriate to the purpose of which the park was established.
  • Is inspirational, educational, or healthful or otherwise appropriate to the park environment.
  • Will foster an understanding of, and appreciation for, park resources and values, or will promote enjoyment through a direct association with, interaction with, or relation to park resources.
  • Can be sustained without causing unacceptable impacts to park resources or values.
  • Resource protection (natural and cultural) will prevail over any permitted activity, and non-mitigatable degradation of the park's resources will not be allowed to occur.

PERMITS will be required if the project involves any of the following:

  • Involves the use of a model (or any on-camera talent), set, or prop, or when the filming, video taping, sound recording or still photography could result in damage to park resources or significant disruption of normal visitor use.
  • Involves access into areas not normally open to the public.
  • Coverage of breaking news never requires a permit but is subject to restrictions and conditions necessary to protect the park resources, public health and safety and to prevent impairment or derogation of park resources, values or purposes.

Applications may be denied for any of the following reasons:

  • Any type of AVIATION.
  • Damage to resources is expected which cannot be prevented or mitigated.
  • Other activities are already planned or expected to occur at the same time and place, and filming or photography would be incompatible.
  • It involves access to areas normally limited to administrative access or closed for resource protection of safety reasons.
  • The level of activity within the park is already so high that we would not have staff to assign to work with you.
  • The project includes portrayal of activities which are not permitted within a recognized park.
  • The production company is unwilling or unable to obtain the necessary insurance.
  • The production company is unwilling to reimburse NPS for costs or comply with NPS requirement for posting a refundable bond.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park will not censor the content of any filming project, nor require finished film products for review, files for documentation purposes; however, a storyboard or layout may be helpful during the review process.

Permits issued for commercial photography specifically prohibit implied or stated endorsement by the National Park Service. Identifiable NPS equipment, uniforms, buildings or insignia may not be portrayed in commercial advertising in any way that would imply NPS endorsement of the product.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."