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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 »

Permits

Special Use Permits
Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  • Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  • Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
  • Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Read our Special Use Permit conditions.

Download our General Special Use Permit Application.

  1. Read all conditions, guidelines and restrictions.
  2. Download and return specific permit application.
  3. Your permit will be created and returned for your signature.
  4. When received with your signature, your permit will be approved and returned to you.

For more information contact Mike Kosmos at (440) 343-7020.


Weddings and Wedding Photography Permits
We offer a variety of lovely settings for weddings. For weddings or wedding photos you must obtain a Special Use Permit. For more information contact Mike Kosmos at (440) 343-7020.


Facility Rentals
The park has shelters and buildings that can be rented. Visit Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for details.


Commercial Filming and Photography Permit
The National Park Service encourages filming and photography when it will promote the protection and public enjoyment of park resources.

For more information contact Mike Kosmos at (440) 343-7020 .


Research and Collection Permits
If you are planning a university project and considering doing research in CVNP, please visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website.

Important requirements for research and reporting permits at CVNP.

If you are looking for possible Ph.D. or Master's degrees research projects in CVNP, we can provide you with a catalog of research project suggestions.

For more information contact Lisa Petit at (440) 546-5970.


Commercial Use Authorizations
Contact Mike Kosmos at (440) 343-7020 in regard to Commercial Use Authorization at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Did You Know?

Image of Civilian Conservation Corps statue outside Happy Days Visitor Center.

During the Great Depression, the "boys of Company 567" of the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape the landscape that would later become Cuyahoga Valley National Park by constructing buildings, playfields, and a lake, as well as planting over 100 acres of trees.