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    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 »

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: .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: .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?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.