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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Towpath Trail Closure

    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 »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Adopt-A-Trail Volunteer Program

CVNP adopt a trail volunteers Charlie Wu and Theresa Sullinger Dave Burgan 285 size

Adopt-a-Trail Volunteers

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Help the National Park Service maintain safe and well-groomed trails by joining a group that takes responsibility for one trail. Help "sweep" the trail by picking up litter, trimming branches, clearing culverts, and reporting trail conditions. During a trail sweep, the Adopt-a-Trail crew hikes the full length of the trail. On-site instruction and safety analysis is provided. Ages 10 and up with a parent/guardian; ages 16 and up can volunteer without a parent/guardian and with a parent-guardian-signed Trail Worker Volunteer Agreement.


August
2 Pine Grove/Ledges, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5 Salt Run, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6 Lake/Cross Country, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
9 Stanford/Brandywine Gorge, 9 a.m. to Noon
10 Furnace Run, 9 a.m. to Noon
13 Boston Run, 9 a.m. to Noon
15 Tree Farm, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
23 Plateau, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September
2 Salt Run, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3 Lake/Cross Country, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6 Pine Grove/Ledges, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
10 Boston Run, 9 a.m. to Noon
13 Stanford/Brandywine Gorge, 9 a.m. to Noon
14 Furnace Run, 9 a.m. to Noon
19 Tree Farm, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
27 Plateau, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Trail Crews:

Blue Hen Falls Trail crew meets at the Blue Hen Falls overflow parking lot, 2001 Boston Mills Road, Brecksville 44141. For sweep schedule call Mike Brittain at (330) 865-0794.

Boston Run Trail crew meets at the Happy Days Lodge north parking lot, 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), Peninsula 44264. Call Dave Herbster at (330) 666-2270.

Furnace Run Trail crew meets at the Everett Road Covered Bridge parking lot, 2370 Everett Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Kevin Tuttle at (330) 666-3822.

Haskell Run Trail crew meets at the Happy Days Lodge parking lot, 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), Peninsula 44264. For sweep schedule call Joan Greenberg at (330) 338-6324. This trail is "kid friendly." Call Joan to schedule dates for younger scout groups.

Lake Trail/Cross Country Trail crew meets at Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot, 1000 Truxell Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Tom DiNardo at (330) 688-1767.

Old Carriage Trail crew meets at 714 Fieldcrest Court, Sagamore Hills 44067. For sweep schedule call Gene Wimmer at (330) 467-9593.

Pine Grove Trail/Forest Point Trail/Ledges Trail crew meets at the Octagon Shelter parking lot, Truxell/Kendall Park Road, one mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Bill O'Brien at (330) 622-0437.

Plateau Trail crew meets at the Oak Hill Trailhead parking lot, 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Dave Burgan at (330) 688-2568.

Salt Run Trail crew meets at the Pine Hollow Trailhead parking lot, 5465 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264. Call John Cummings at (330) 688-6325. First time volunteers, please call John to register.

Stanford Trail/Brandywine Gorge Trail crew meets at the Boston Store Visitor Center parking lot, 1548 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Carol Lewanski at (216) 261-0307.

Tree Farm Trail crew meets at the Horseshoe Pond parking lot, 2075 Major Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Ryan Bollas at (330)908-1227.

Volunteer Agreements
All first time volunteers must sign a Volunteer Services Agreement for Natural Resources Agencies. In addition, parents or guardians of youth under age 18 must sign the "If volunteer is under age 18" section of the Volunteer Services Agreement for Natural Resources Agencies, even if the parent or guardian accompanies the youth. Print, fill out, sign and date the form and give it to the crew leader before the trail sweep. Click here for the Volunteer Agreement form.
Crew leaders will also have Volunteer Agreement forms available on the day of the sweep.

Adopt-a-Trail Manual
The Adopt-a-Trail Manual addresses the work accomplished in the Adopt-a-Trail program. This manual is meant to acquaint the maintainer with park procedures, duties involved in adopting a trail, and methods for safely performing those duties.
Click here for the Adopt-a-Trail Manual.

Are you interested in adopting "your own" trail?
Volunteers are needed to lead new trail sweep crews. For more information, contact your crew leader or the Volunteer Office at (330) 657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Are you looking for a group opportunity?
If you are interested in bringing a group of 5 or more people to participate in a trail sweep, please call ahead to the Volunteer Office at (330) 657-2299 or email
volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn about volunteer opportunities please visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2299.

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.