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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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Boston Store Visitor Center

Boston Store Visitor Center

Photo by D.J. Reiser

Park Open Hours
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open every day.

Some areas close at dusk. The remaining areas are open 24 hours.

The park operates on a seasonal schedule:
Spring = March, April, and May
Summer = June, July, and August
Fall = September, October, and November
Winter = December, January, and February


Boston Store Visitor Center
(330) 657-2752
1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 33.512' W) (41° 15.803' N)


The visitor center is a good place to start your visit at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet park staff, get questions answered, and learn more about park scheduled events and places to visit. You can pick up relevant brochures, maps, passport stamps, purchase park-themed merchandise, and America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes. The visitor center is open daily, but closed on Tanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The quarterly schedule is below.

  • Spring: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m; Saturdays and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Summer: Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fall: Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in September and October; daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in November
  • Winter: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Attractions

Canal Exploration Center
(216) 524-1497
7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside roads
Valley View, Ohio 44125
(81° 36.805' W) (41° 22.355' N)

Once used as a tavern, a general store, a residence, and a park visitor center, this historic building now features in-depth, interactive Canal Era exhibits for children and adults. Grand opening is Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Spring (starting Saturday, May 17): Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Summer: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fall: Wednesday through Sundays in September and October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Winter: To be determined

Hunt House
(330) 657-2308
2054 Bolanz Road, between Riverview and Akron Peninsula Roads
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 34.319' W) (41° 12.026' N)
The exhibits highlight agricultural history and recreational opportunities in the valley.

  • Spring: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Summer: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Fall: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Winter: Closed

Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake
Truxell/ Kendall Park Road, 2 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 31.494' W) (41° 13.048' N)

  • There must be four inches of snow to open. Call (330) 657-2752 for current snowfall depth.
  • The typical schedule is Saturdays and Sundays in December, January, and February; daily, December 26 through 31; and the holidays of Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • It may be open additional days during heavy snowfall.


Special Events Sites

Happy Days Lodge
500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303)
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 30.499' W) (41° 13.859' N)
This is a special events site only.The facility is available for rentals, concerts, lectures, and special activities. For reservations call (330) 657-2909 ext. 119.

Howe Meadow
4040 Riverview Road, 4 miles south of SR 303
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 34.912' W) (41° 11.359' N)
The facility is available for rentals, concerts, and special activities, including Saturday Farmers' Markets. For reservations call (440) 546-5944.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boat on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".