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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 »

Hiking

Over 125 miles of hiking trails are available for your hiking pleasure in CVNP. These trails range from nearly level to challenging, and pass through various habitats including woodlands, wetlands, and old fields. Some trails require you to cross streams with stepping stones or log bridges, while others, including the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, are nearly level and are accessible to all visitors. Descriptions of some easy family hikes are provided here. A portion of Ohio's Buckeye Trail also passes through the park.

Trail maps showing the park's hiking trails are available at most visitor centers or by clicking the maps webpage link below. Several books, leaflets, and maps, including the Trail Guide Handbook: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 3rd Edition, contain helpful information about hiking opportunities and locations in the park. This book is published by the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council and is available for sale at all CVNP visitor centers. It is the source of most of the following trail information.


Click here to go to our maps webpage, where you can download and print the most current versions of our maps.
 

TRAIL NAME

DETAILS & LOCATIONS

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail - (See Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail map.)

Length: 19.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 10 hours
Bicycling Time: 2.75 hours
Elevation Change: 135 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Locations: There are 10 trailheads providing parking and access to the Towpath Trail.
Buckeye Trail - (See Buckeye and Valley Trails map.)
Buckeye Trail:

Egbert Picnic Area to Alexander Road

Length: 6.1 miles
Hiking Time: 3.5 hours
Elevation Change: 90 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: On Gorge Parkway 4/10 of a mile northwest of Egbert Road in Bedford Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks).
Buckeye Trail:

Alexander Road to Frazee House

Length: 1.5 miles
Hiking Time: 45 minutes
Elevation Change: 200 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Alexander Road 2/10 of a mile west of Dunham Road in Walton Hills, OH.
Buckeye Trail:

Frazee House to Station Road Bridge

Length: 2.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 1.25 hours
Elevation Change: 8 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Canal Road 3.5 miles south of Rockside Road in Valley View, OH.
Buckeye Trail:

Station Road Bridge to Jaite -

Length: 7 Miles
Hiking Time: 3.5 hours
Elevation Change: 200 feet
Rating: Difficult
Trailhead Location: On Riverview Road 2/10 of a mile south of State Route 82 in Brecksville, OH.
Buckeye Trail:

Jaite to Boston -

Length: 5.6 Miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Elevation Change: 250 feet
Rating: Difficult
Trailhead Location: Red Lock Trailhead is located on Highland Road 1/2 mile east of Riverview and Vaughn roads. (Vaughn Road becomes Highland Road east of the Cuyahoga River.)
Buckeye Trail:

Boston to Pine Lane

Length: 4 Miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 240 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Boston Mills Road 2/10 of a mile east of Riverview Road in Boston, OH (Park behind the Boston Store.)
Buckeye Trail:

Pine Lane to Everett Road Covered Bridge

Length: 4.1 Miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 150 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On State Route 303, 1/2 mile east of Akron-Peninsula Road in Peninsula, OH.
Buckeye Trail:

Everett Road Covered Bridge to Indian Mound Trailhead

Length: 3 Miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 160 feet
Rating: Easy to moderate
Trailhead Location: On Everett Road 1/2 mile west of Riverview Road near Everett Village, OH.
Trails Between Jaite & Boston - (See Old Carriage Trail map, Brandywine Falls Area map, and Buckeye and Valley Trails map.)

Old Carriage Trail

Length: 5.25 miles total when accessed from Red Lock Trailhead
Hiking Time: 2.5 hours
Skiing Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 180 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: Red Lock Trailhead is located on Highland Road 1/2 mile east of Riverview and Vaughn roads. (Vaughn Road becomes Highland Road east of the Cuyahoga River.) The trail loop cannot be completed until the three bridges that are presently closed are repaired or replaced. At this time, a date has not been scheduled to start the repair/replacement.
Stanford Trail Length: 1.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Elevation Change: 190 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Stanford Road 1/2 mile north of Boston Mills Road in Boston, OH.

Brandywine Gorge Trail

Length: 1.25 Miles
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Elevation Change: 160 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Stanford Road just west of Brandywine Road in Boston Heights, OH.

Brandywine Falls Trail

Length: 1/8 Mile
Hiking Time: 20 minutes
Elevation Change: Minimal and wheelchair accessible to the first boardwalk overlook.- A spur off the main boardwalk has numerous steps.
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Stanford Road just west of Brandywine Road in Boston Heights, OH.

Blue Hen Falls Trail

Length: 1.2 Miles
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Elevation Change: 110 feet
Rating: Easy to moderate
Trailhead Location: On Boston Mills Road 1 mile west of Riverview Road in Boston, OH.
From Happy Days Lodge - (See Ledges Area Trails map and Boston Run Trail map.)

Haskell Run Trail

Length: .5 Miles
Hiking Time: 30 minutes
Elevation Change: 70 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: At Happy Days Lodge on State Route 303, 2 miles east of Peninsula and 1/2 mile west of State Route 8 in Boston Heights, OH.
Boston Run Trail Length: 3.4 Miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Skiing Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 80 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: At Happy Days Lodge north parking lot on State Route 303, 2 miles east of Peninsula and 1/2 mile west of State Route 8 in Boston Heights, OH.
From the Ledges Parking Area - (See Ledges Area Trails map.)
Ledges Trail Length: 2.2 Miles
Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 105 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Kendall Park Road 9/10 of a mile west of Akron Cleveland Road or about 2 miles east of the intersection of Akron Peninsula and Truxell roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) Boston Heights, OH

Pine Grove Trail

Length: 2.2 Miles
Hiking Time: 1.25 hours
Elevation Change: 100 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Kendall Park Road 9/10 of a mile west of Akron Cleveland Road or about 2 miles east of the intersection of Akron Peninsula and Truxell roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) in Boston Heights, OH.

Forest Point Trail

Length: .5 Miles
Hiking Time: 30 minutes
Elevation Change: Minimal
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Kendall Park Road 9/10 of a mile west of Akron Cleveland Road or about 2 miles east of the intersection of Akron Peninsula and Truxell roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) In Boston Heights, OH.
From Kendall Lake - (See Cross Country Trail map and Salt Run and Lake Trails map.)
Cross Country Trail Length: 2.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Skiing Time: 1 hour
Elevation Change: 160 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Kendall Park Road 1.6 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road and 1.5 miles east of the intersection of Truxell and Akron Peninsula roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) In Boston Heights, OH.
Lake Trail Length: 1 Mile
Hiking Time: 45 minutes
Elevation Change: Minimal
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Kendall Park Road 1.6 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road and 1.5 miles east of the intersection of Truxell and Akron Peninsula roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) In Boston Heights, OH.
Salt Run Trail Length: 3.25 Miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 160 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: On Kendall Park Road 1.6 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road and 1.5 miles east of the intersection of Truxell and Akron Peninsula roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) In Boston Heights, OH.
Off Major Road - (See Tree Farm Trail map.)
Tree Farm Trail Length: 2.75 Miles
Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Skiing Time: 45 minutes
Elevation Change: 80 feet
Rating: Easy to moderate
Trailhead Location: On Major Road 7/10 of a mile west of Riverview Road in Peninsula, OH.
From Oak Hill Trailhead - (See Oak Hill and Plateau Trails map.)
Oak Hill Trail Length: 1.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 45 minutes
Skiing Time: 30 minutes
Elevation Change: 50 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Oak Hill Road 9/10 of a mile south of Major Road in Peninsula, OH.
Plateau Trail Length: 4.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Skiing Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 200 feet
Rating: Moderate to Difficult
Trailhead Location: On Oak Hill Road 9/10 of a mile south of Major Road in Peninsula, OH.
Cleveland Metroparks Trails within CVNP - (This is a link.)
Bedford Reservation - (This is a link.)
All Purpose Trail Length: 5.25 Miles
Hiking Time: 2.25 hours
Biking Time: 45 minutes
Elevation Change: 120 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Gorge Parkway 4/10 of a mile northwest of Egbert Road in Bedford Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks). There are other access points as well.
Bridal Veil Falls Trail Length: .25 Miles
Hiking Time: 15 minutes
Elevation Change: 30 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Gorge Parkway 1.4 miles northwest of Egbert Road and about 1 mile east of Overlook Lane in Bedford Reservation.
Hemlock Creek Loop Trail Length: .6 Miles
Hiking Time: 30 minutes
Elevation Change: Minimal
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Dunham Road immediately across from Tinker's Creek Road and 1.4 miles north of Alexander Road in Bedford Reservation.
Brecksville Reservation - (This is a link.)
All Purpose Trail Length: 4.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 2.25 hours
Bicycling Time: 40 minutes
Elevation Change: 410 feet
Rating: Easy to moderate
Trailhead Location: On Chippewa Creek Drive just south of State Route 82 in Brecksville, OH. There are other access points as well.
Chippewa Creek Trail Length: 2.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 220 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Chippewa Creek Drive about 1/2 mile east of State Route 82 in Brecksville, OH (Start from the Brecksville Nature Center parking lot).
My Mountain Trail Length: 1.5 Miles
Hiking Time: 50 minutes
Elevation Change: 100 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: At the Plateau Picnic Area off Chippewa Creek Drive about 3/10 of a mile west of Riverview Road in Brecksville, OH.
Scenic Overlook Trail Length: .25 Miles
Hiking Time: 15 minutes
Elevation Change: 20 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Chippewa Creek Drive about 4/10 of a mile east of State Route 82 in Brecksville, OH. (Use the Harriet Keeler Memorial Woods parking lot.)
Valley Stream Trail Length: .5 Miles
Hiking Time: 30 minutes
Elevation Change: 50 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: On Chippewa Creek Drive about 1/2 mile east of State Route 82 in Brecksville, OH. (Park at the Brecksville Nature Center parking lot. The trailhead is at the nature center.)
Deer Lick Cave Trail Length: 4 Miles
Hiking Time: 2.5 hours
Elevation Change: 205 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: On Chippewa Creek Drive about 1/2 mile east of State Route 82 in Brecksville, OH. (Park at the Brecksville Nature Center parking lot. The trailhead is at the nature center.)

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Trails within CVNP - (This is a link.)

Furnace Run Metro Park - (This is a link.)

Did You Know?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.