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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 »

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 Metro Parks, Serving Summit County 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

3

0

yes

at comfort station

Botzum

4

0

yes

no

Brandywine Falls

8

2

yes

no

Canal Visitor Center

9

1

yes

at comfort station

Columbia Run Picnic Area

3

0

no

no

Deep Lock Quarry - MPSSC

8

4

yes

no

Everett

1

0

yes

no

Frazee House Trailhead

1

0

yes

no

Hampton Hills - MPSSC

3

1

yes

no

Happy Days North/Boston Run

3

0

Porta-John

no

Horseshoe Pond

4

1

yes

no

Hunt Farm

1

0

yes

at comfort station

Hunt Farm 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

1

0

yes

at comfort station

Lock 39 Trailhead Rockside Rd.

3

0

no

no

Maplewood Picnic Area

2

0

no

no

Oak Hill

7

0

yes

no

Octagon Area

17

18

yes

yes

Octagon Shelter

8

1

yes

yes

Peninsula Depot

1

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

CMO - Cleveland Metroparks

MPSSC - Metro Parks, Serving Summit County

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

Did You Know?

Photo of Bald Eagle taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where an eagle pair built their first nest in 2006. Photo by Martin Trimmer.

November is the time to be on the lookout for bald eagles performing aerial courtship displays. Once eagles have selected each other, they plunge through the air in very high dives, locking their talons and breaking apart just when it looks as though they will crash to the ground.