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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 »

Your Safety


In Case of Emergency Dial 911.


Suspicious Activity Reporting

  • If you notice a suspicious object or person, trust your instincts and get help.
  • Immediately contact the Communication Center at 440-546-5945.
  • Report the facts: your name, place, time, and description of the person, vehicle, or package.
  • Move away from the area and don't get involved. Your job is done.


Keep Wildlife Wild

  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance; do not feed the animals.
  • Begging from humans causes harm to wildlife and to you.
  • Food from your plate threatens the health and survival of wildlife and causes them to lose fear of humans, increasing the likelihood of bites or attacks.

Preventing Tick-borne Diseases
Tick-borne diseases can be transmitted only by the bite of an infected tick. An infected animal or person cannot pass the infection on to another animal or person. Ticks normally become infected by taking a blood meal from an infected animal. Use caution when removing ticks from pets and be sure to check yourself and loved ones after spending time in ticks' habitat.

The risk of exposure to ticks and disease can be reduced by using these precautions:

• Avoid tick-infested areas (i.e. wooded or weedy areas).

• If exposure is unavoidable, tuck pants into sock tops or boots.

• Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find crawling ticks.

• Use repellants and follow label instructions carefully.

• Check children for ticks frequently.

• Use caution when handling ticks and dispose of properly.

Ticks spread many diseases and are active in Ohio from early spring until late fall. Diseases spread by ticks include: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme Disease, and Ehrlichiosis.


Preventing Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools, etc. Storm sewers, culverts, and catch-basins, etc. provide an outdoor resting place for mosquitoes most commonly associated with West Nile Virus (WNV). It is important to apply mosquito repellant when participating in any outdoor activity - especially when fishing, hiking or bicycling at night.

In 2010, Ohio had 260 WNV positive mosquito pools from 8,843 total pools tested (totaling 316,623 mosquitoes). There were 25 horse samples tested for WNV by the Ohio Department of Agriculture; one was positive. In addition, five human WNV cases were reported in Ohio during 2010.

Any person bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) is at risk.


Poison Ivy

  • Three pointed and glossy leaflets grow alternately off the stem and usually have irregular teeth.
  • Leaves are reddish when they first emerge in spring; green during summer; and various shades of red or yellow in autumn.
  • To avoid poison ivy wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants.
  • Apply a pre-contact solution (available at drug stores) to exposed skin.
  • If you must handle the plant, wear impermeable gloves.
  • Remove and immediately wash clothing, gloves, and footwear in detergent or soap.

Download our Avoiding Poison Ivy site bulletin.



Insect Stings

  • Always take stings seriously and monitor the victim's reaction. If you or someone else experiences the severe symptoms noted above (or have a history of them), call 911 and don't hang up the phone until instructed by the dispatcher.

Hike Smart

  • Drink enough water.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Use a trail map. During wet conditions, wear waterproof boots with a heavy tread and step carefully.
  • Don't become distracted. Be aware of your surroundings and watch children closely.
  • Don't endanger your dog, wildlife, or people. Keep dogs on a six-foot leash and hold them closer when others are near.
  • Leave valuables at home, not in your car.
  • Collect memories, not park resources.
  • Program the CVNP Communication Center into your cell phone and carry it with you: 440-546-5945 or 800-433-1986.

Hiking Later in the Day

  • Use extra caution when hiking later in the day.
  • Bring a trail map, flashlight, and cellular phone to avoid getting lost in the dark.
  • Watch for tripping hazards and stay on the trail.

Hiking at the Ledges

  • Stay back from the edge. Footing is hazardous.
  • Use extra caution if it has rained or snowed recently.

Hiking at Brandywine Falls Area

  • Stay back from the edge.
  • Use extra caution if it has rained or snowed recently. Walkways, boardwalks, and stairs can be especially slippery.
  • For your safety, park staff will close access to the lower platform during severe weather.

Bridle Trail Safety

  • Use extra caution on bridle trails.
  • For everyone's safety, all other trail users must yield horses.
  • Keep small children and dogs calm and near as you wait for the horses to pass.


Bike Smart

  • Respect other trail users.
  • Stay to the right and give a timely, audible signal before passing on the left.
  • People, pets, and wildlife can move unexpectedly. Allow enough room and time to respond.
  • Use extra caution in congested areas.
  • Don't risk a head injury. Always wear a helmet when cycling.

Sledding Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid snow-covered bumps, ruts, branches, icy patches, and other hazards.
  • If someone has built a ramp, report it to a park ranger or volunteer.
  • Ramps can cause serious accidents.
  • When returning up the hill, stay away from downhill riders.
  • If you become too cold, warm up at the campfire or return to your vehicle.

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".