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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 »

Horse Trails

CVNP horseback riding on Towpath Sara Guren

Riding on the Bridle Trails in the Cuyahoga Valley

©Sara Guren

Viewing the Cuyahoga Valley landscape from horseback is like no other experience. Horseback riding is permitted only on trails signed and designated as horse trails. Horses need to be brought in as there are no horse rentals adjacent to the bridle trails in CVNP.

Station Road parking lot, close to Brecksville Reservation, has large pull-through parking spaces that require little to no "backing" efforts. They are designed for horse trailers and buses. Boston Store overflow and Everett Road Covered Bridge parking lot were not designed for horse trailers, and while it is legal for them to park there, it is often a challenge to navigate.

Enjoy your ride! Happy trails to you!


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

BRIDLE TRAIL NAMES

DETAILS & LOCATIONS

Wetmore Trail

(See Wetmore Trail Map.)

Length: 4 miles
Riding Time:1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 250 feet
Rating: Moderate
Trailhead Location: On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is north of Wetmore Road.

Dickerson Run Trail*

(See Wetmore Trail Map.)

CLOSED

Length: 1 mile after access from Wetmore Trail
Riding Time: 20 minutes
Elevation Change: 175 feet
Rating: Easy to moderate
Trailhead Location: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is north of Wetmore Road.

Tabletop Trail*

(See Wetmore Trail Map.)

CLOSED

Length: .75 miles after access from Wetmore Trail
Riding Time: 20 minutes
Elevation Change: 100 feet
Rating: Easy to moderate
Trailhead Location: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is north of Wetmore Road.

Langes Run Trail

(See Wetmore Trail Map.)

Length: 4.5 miles
Riding Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 190 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location:Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is mostly south of Wetmore Road.

Butler's Trail

(See Wetmore Trail Map.)

Length: .75 miles
Riding Time: 20 minutes
Elevation Change:150 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is south of Wetmore Road.

Valley Trail

(See Buckeye and Valley Trails: Station Road to Boston Trail Map.)

(See Buckeye and Valley Trails: Boston to Everett Trail Map.)


Length: Brecksville Stables to Wetmore is 11.4 miles
Wetmore to Riding Run is 3.1 miles
(Wetmore and Langes Run connect the north and south segments)
Riding Time: 4-5 hours
Elevation Change: 360 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: Trailhead is on the Langes Run Bridle Trail accessible via the Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio.

Riding Run Trail

(See Riding Run and Perkins Trails Map.)

Length: 3.25 miles
Riding Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 260 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: Everett Road Covered Bridge Trailhead. On Everett Road .5 miles west of Riverview Road in Everett, Ohio.

Perkins Trail

(See Riding Run and Perkins Trails Map.)

Length: 3.75 miles
Riding Time: 2 hours
Elevation Change: 260 feet
Rating: Difficult
Trailhead Location: Everett Road Covered Bridge Trailhead. On Everett Road .5 miles west of Riverview Road in Everett, Ohio.

Cleveland MetroParks Bridle Trails w/in CVNP

Bedford Reservation

Length: 6 miles
Riding Time: 2.5 hours
Elevation Change: 270 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: Hemlock Creek Trailhead. On Dunham Road immediately across from Tinker's Creek Road, 1.4 miles north of Alexander Road in Bedford Reservation.

Bedford Reservation

Length: 3 miles
Riding Time: 1 hour
Elevation Change: 8 feet
Rating: Easy
Trailhead Location: Station Road Bridge Trailhead. On Riverview Road, 0.2 miles south of State Route 82 in Brecksville, Ohio.

Brecksville Reservation

Length: 9 miles
Riding Time: 3 hours
Elevation Change: 260 feet
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Trailhead Location: Stables Parking Area Trailhead. On Meadows Drive, 0.4 miles south of Valley Parkway on on Meadows Drive in Brecksville, Ohio.


*Trails are closed due to flooding damage. They will reopen after reconstruction is completed.

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.