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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • 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. Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure.

  • 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 »

  • Brandywine Creek Foot Bridge Closed

    The footbridge that crosses over the Brandywine Creek on the Brandywine Gorge Trail is closed due to damage sustained during a recent storm. The trail remains open but there is no detour. Visitors will need to backtrack to get back to parking lot. More »

Recommended Hikes


Trek on over to the park for some great hiking along our recommended trails. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Don't forget a snack and water!


 
Ledges Overlook

Ledges Overlook

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The Ledges Overlook

Location: Ledges Trail
Trailhead: 701 Truxell Road, Peninsula 44264
Distance: ~ 200 Yards
Elevation: Flat
Interest: This is probably the most popular overlook in the park and for good reason. This rock outcropping gives an unobstructed view across the valley facing west. From the parking lot, walk to the southwest corner of the grass field (the shelter is north of the parking lot). Sunsets offer some of the most impressive photos. Hike the 2.2 mile loop trail if you have the time.

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Brandywine Falls Family

View of Brandywine Falls from the boardwalk.

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A Brandywine Fall(s)

Location: Brandywine Gorge Trail
Trailhead: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills 44067
Distance: 1.5 Mile Loop Trail
Elevation: 160 Feet
Interest: The trail offers great spots to explore the creek and relax by the flowing waters. There is a bridge to the other side. The loop starts where the boardwalk, parking lot, and old gravel road meet. Brandywine Falls looks spectacular when covered in fallen leaves.

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Bedford Reservation Overlook

Tinker's Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook

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An Accessible Overlook

Location: Bedford Reservation - Tinker's Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook
Trailhead: 1.5 miles east of Dunham Rd. on Gorge Parkway, Walton Hills 44146
Distance: Negligible
Elevation: Flat
Interest: Tinker's Creek Gorge is a National Natural Landmark. This overlook will show you why. This viewing area is located next to the parking lot. Consider using the All Purpose Trail to do some exploring or combine this with a trip to Bridal Veil Falls (rough surface trail).

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Blue Hen Falls

Blue Hen Falls

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Blue Hen Falls

Location: Buckeye Trail
Trailhead: 2001 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44236
Distance: 0.5 Mile Loop
Elevation: 80 Feet
Interest: An overhanging plate of sandstone protrudes from the underlying shale. The small stream falls about fifteen feet from its edge. Enjoy a rest on the bench overlooking the waterfall because the hill back to your car is short, but steep. Continue north on the Buckeye Trail for an additional 2 miles to come to a beautiful creek bend surrounded by hemlocks.

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I 80 Overlook from the Buckeye Trail

I-80 Overlook from the Buckeye Trail

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I-80 Overlook

Location: Buckeye Trail
Trailhead: Boston Store, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264
Distance: 1.5 Miles Total (out and back)
Elevation: ~150 feet
Interest: Head south on the Towpath Trail from the Boston Store Visitor Center. Turn Left onto the Buckeye Trail at the trailhead between the interstate bridges. Follow the trail into the woods and continue up the hill until you reach the fence overlooking I-80. Sure it is noisy but the view is great. A little cropping in the photo and you might just forget about the highway.

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Bridal Veil Falls RH

Bridal Veil Falls

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Bridal Veil Falls

Location: Buckeye Trail in the Bedford Reservation
Trailhead: 2.5 Miles east of Dunham Rd. on Gorge Parkway, Walton Hills 44146
Distance: 0.5 Miles Round Trip
Elevation: 30 Feet
Interest: There is a short walk down a boardwalk from this parking area to a platform that overlooks the falls. Bridal Veil is a beautiful cascade. Visit after a heavy rain to see it at its best.

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Old Carriage Overlook

Old Carriage Trail Overlook

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Old Carriage Overlook

Location: Old Carriage Trail (North end)
Trailhead: Station Road Bridge Trailhead 13513 Station Road, Brecksville 44141
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Trailhead: Red Lock Trailhead 1175 Highland Road, Sagamore Hills 44067
Distance: 1.5 Miles one-way from either trailhead
Elevation: ~120 Feet
Interest: This is a neat spot that is worth the effort. Hike from either trailhead following the Towpath to the intersection with the Old Carriage Trail. There are two intersections for Old Carriage with the Towpath Trail. Be sure you are at the northern one because the trail is closed to through traffic due to bridge instability. A quarter mile up the hill there is a trailhead marked "overlook" to the left. The trail will end at a loop and a bench. Follow the social trail that leads down the hill from the bench. It ends at a steep break in the trees. Visit this spot after the leaves have fallen for a better view.

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Tree Farm Trail View

Tree Farm Trail View

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Tree Farm Trail View

Location: Horseshoe Pond/Tree Farm Trail
Trailhead: 2075 Major Road, Peninsula 44264
Distance: 2.75 Miles for the whole loop
Elevation: 80 Feet
Interest: Follow the Tree Farm Trail clockwise from the pond for a shorter trip to the view point. The trail will break out into a meadow with a nice view toward Peninsula and of the tree line to the southwest. Please respect private property by sticking to the trail. The tree rows belong to Heritage Farms and are not open to the public.

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Linda Falls

Linda Falls

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Linda Falls

Location: Buckeye Trail
Trailhead: Alexander Bike Lot & Trail Head, Alexander Rd., Walton Hills 44146
Distance: ~ 2 Miles
Elevation: 30 Feet
Interest: This is a little visited waterfall that is usually dry. Wait for a heavy rain to visit this crater like waterfall. Walk south on the All Purpose Trail (do not cross Alexander Rd.). Turn off on the Buckeye Trail, pass under the power lines, and follow along the edge of the ravine. It is a pleasant trail that will lead you straight to the falls.

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Tips For Hiking With Children
- Dress children in layers and bring clothing for changing weather conditions.
- Bring along a liter of water per person and a snack.
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Avoid fragrant lotions that may attract insects.
- Choose a hike that is appropriate for your child; not too long. Keep your trip fun.
- Take frequent breaks when hiking with young children. It gives them time to rest and explore.
- Bring along a camera. Pictures will help them remember the experience.
- Take time to talk with children and encourage them to explore things along the trail.

Tips For Hiking With Dogs
- Keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet.
- Keep your dog under control.
- Pick up your dog's waste and carry it out.
- Plan for your pet's needs by bringing along a bowl, water, and a snack.

 

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.