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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 »

Half Day Visit

If you only have a few hours to spend at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you have ample to visit these popular attractions.

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Brandywine Falls

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Brandywine Falls (Boardwalk opposite parking lot; 30 minutes)

Parking located in lot off 8176 Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills 44067 (81° 32.264' W) (41° 16.580' N).

Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot high falls, is the second highest falls in Ohio and one of the most popular attractions in the park. A boardwalk takes you to upper and lower observation platforms, which overlook the falls head on. It is open daily from dawn to dusk. If you have an extra hour, you can also take a 1.5-mile hike around the Brandywine Gorge Trail starting from the upper observation platform. This trail lets you explore the deep gorge cut by Brandywine Falls.

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Boston Store Visitor Center

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Boston Store Visitor Center (View exhibits; 30 minutes)

Parking lot is behind the store at 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 33.512' W) (41° 15.803' N).

Historic Boston Store Visitor Center was constructed in 1836 along the Ohio & Erie Canal. Settlers in the valley bought and sold goods with merchants traveling by canal boat. Exhibits tell the story of canal boat building in the valley. You can also talk with a ranger, obtain park publications, and purchase park-themed items. Click here for current hours. For more information call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.

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Ritchie Ledges

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Ritchie Ledges (1 mile Ice Box Cave hike; 1.0 hour)

Parking located in lot off Truxell Road/Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 30.652' W) (41° 13.137' N).

The cool, moist hemlock and yellow birch forests along the towering sandstone Ritchie Ledges benefit from a microenvironment formed near the over 300-million-year-old rock formations. Enormous blocks of the orange and yellow rock have broken off and make you feel like you're walking in the rock garden of a giant. It is open daily from dawn to dusk. Note: Ice Box Cave is closed on the trail in an effort to slow the spread of a disease to our bat population.

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Beaver Marsh & Boardwalk

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Beaver Marsh (1.5 miles; 1 hour)

Parking located at Ira Trailhead, 3801 Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 35.001' W) (41° 11.075' N).

Look for beavers, otters, muskrats, and water fowl along the wetland boardwalk. The Beaver Marsh is designated as an Ohio Watchable Wildlife Area, so bringing a camera is a must. It is a short, 10-minute walk north on the Towpath from the Ira Trailhead. This is an accessible trail, suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.


Everett Road Covered Bridge

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Everett Road Covered Bridge (.5 mile; 30 minutes)

Parking located at 2370 Everett Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 34.865' W) (41° 12.265' N).

Everett Road Covered Bridge, which crosses Furnace Run, is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County. Built in the 19th century, the original was destroyed by the great flood of 1913. Although repaired, it was destroyed during a spring storm in 1975. This historically accurate replication was finished in 1986.

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.