• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Search for Missing Woman Hillary K. Sharma Continues in Park, 8-26-2014

    Paddlers on the Cuyahoga R. are asked to report any out-of-the-ordinary items that they might see along the river between the Village of Boston and Station Rd in Brecksville. Sharma is 5’3”, 120 lbs, br hair/eyes. Have info? Call 440-546-5945. More »

  • Towpath Trail Closure

    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. More »

  • Other Closures

    Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. More »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Boston Store Visitor Center

Boston Store Visitor Center

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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, 8 a.m. - 6 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)

The park's newest attraction was 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.

  • Spring: 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

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.

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)
Open throughout the year for special programming.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.