• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Temporary Bridge Installed at Brandywine Creek

    A temporary bridge has been installed over Brandywine Creek and visitors will be able to complete the Brandywine Gorge Trail, during good weather. The bridge may be flooded and impassable during heavy rains. Caution signs are in place. More »

  • Towpath Trail Closures

    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 »

  • Road Closures

    Quick Rd is closed from Akron Peninsula Rd to Pine Hollow Trailhead in Peninsula, from Wednesday, 7/16, for 6 weeks. Detours posted. Hines Hill Rd is closed from Tuesday, 7/29 through Tuesday, 8/12 for resurfacing from I271 to the Boston Township Line. More »

  • Riverview Road Repaving and Closure

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15.Road is open with single lane closures. Riverview Rd is closed from Boston Mills Rd to the Cuyahoga Cty line starting Mon, 7/14 for for 3 weeks. Detours posted. More »

Picnicking in the Park

Whether you need an area large enough for a family reunion or an intimate spot for two, you'll enjoy picnicking in the park. Picnic areas are scattered throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP); some provide grills, and all have tables. Alcohol is prohibited in CVNP. All picnic areas are first-come, first-served, with the exception of the Ledges and Octagon Shelters. Both can be reserved for a fee.

There are also many picnic areas within the greater boundary of CVNP that are managed by Summit Metro Parks and Cleveland Metroparks. The following chart indicates the size and type of the picnic facilities managed and maintained by the National Park Service.

Location Name

# Tables

Grills

Comfort Stations

Water

Boston Store Visitor Center

2

0

yes

at comfort station

Botzum

4

0

yes

no

Brandywine Falls

8

2

yes

no

Canal Exploration Center

9

1

yes

at comfort station

Columbia Run Picnic Area

3

0

no

no

Deep Lock Quarry - SMP

8

4

yes

no

Everett

1

0

yes

no

Frazee House Trailhead

1

0

yes

no

Hampton Hills - SMP

3

1

yes

no

Happy Days North/Boston Run

5

0

Porta-John

no

Horseshoe Pond

4

1

yes

no

Hunt House

1

0

yes

at comfort station

Hunt House Parking Lot

3

0

yes

at comfort station

Ira Trailhead

3

0

yes

no

Kendall Lake Shelter

7

0

yes

at comfort station

Ledges Area

38

38

yes

yes

Ledges Shelter

16

1

yes

yes

Lock 29 Trailhead

0

0

yes

at comfort station

Lock 39 Trailhead Rockside Road

3

0

no

no

Maplewood Picnic Area

3

0

no

no

Oak Hill

7

0

yes

no

Octagon Area

13

18

yes

yes

Octagon Shelter

8

1

yes

yes

Peninsula Depot

3

0

yes

at comfort station

Pine Hollow

5

5

yes

at comfort station

Sagamore Grove - CMP

2

1

no

no

Shady Knoll

3

2

no

no

Station Road Bridge

4

0

yes

at comfort station

Valley Picnic Area

3

0

no

no


CMP = Cleveland Metroparks

SMP = Summit Metro Parks

These locations are marked with a picnic table symbol on our Official Map and Guide.

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.