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 »
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 »
Reservable Picnic Shelters
There are two rustic shelters available for rent in the Virginia Kendall Unit of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The shelters were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps of American chestnut and locally quarried sandstone. They are located on Truxell/Virginia Kendall Road between Akron Cleveland Road and Akron Peninsula Road. Both shelters are fully accessible.
The Ledges Shelter
The Ledges Shelter is located near the Ritchie Ledges, approximately two miles of Sharon Conglomerate stone cliffs about thirty feet in height. The shelter is adjacent to a large field and hiking trails. The building has two fireplaces, eight picnic tables inside, eight picnic tables in the outside pavilion, and a large grill outside. It accommodates up to 75 people.
The Octagon Shelter
Electricity, Drinking Water, and Restrooms
Limited electricity is available at both shelters. The shelters can accommodate normal household appliances such as coffee pots and crock pots. Drinking water is available at a drinking fountain from May 1 - September 15. Restrooms with flush toilets are available year round.
Hours of Operation
How to Make a Reservation
A Special Use Permit is required for weddings outside the shelter.
Feeding of wildlife is not permitted. All natural and human resources in Cuyahoga Valley National Park are protected under National Park Service policy. Make no disturbances to manmade structures or natural features.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are the shelters heated?
Is wood provided for use in the fireplaces?
Can I come look inside the shelter ahead of time?
Are the shelters wheelchair accessible?
Did You Know?
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.