• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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    Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.

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    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 »

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?

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.