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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 »

Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council

Alternative Spring Break Students

Alternative Spring Break students work on improving trails in the park.

©MIKE KOSMYNA

Volunteer Opportunities with Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council

About Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council
Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council (CVTC) is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). With guidance from the National Park Service (NPS), CVTC coordinates monthly trail repair projects and leads projects on CVNP's Days of Service. CVTC is not a membership-based organization; all are welcome to participate in CVTC-led projects. To sign-up for the monthly newsletter, E-Trails, send an email to info@cvtrailscouncil.org with the subject "Subscribe."

2014 Schedule
Trail repair projects are typically scheduled on the third Saturday of the month (March - December). Volunteers clear new trails, install drainage systems, build bridges and steps, and perform many other vital maintenance functions. Fully trained crew leaders direct each project. Great opportunity for fitness–these projects range from moderate to strenuous in physical activity.

Click here for a description of work to be performed during this month's work sessions.

Save the dates:
Saturday, April 19: Pine Grove/Lake Connector Trail
Saturday, May 10: Stanford Trail
Saturday, May 17: RiverDay
Saturday, June 7: National Trails Day
Saturday, June 21: Old Carriage Trail
Saturday, July 19: Tree Farm Trail
Saturday, August 16: Salt Run Trail
Saturday, September 20: TBD
Saturday, September 27: National Public Lands Day
Saturday, October 25: Make A Difference Day
Saturday, November 15: TBD

Things to Know Before Volunteering on a CVTC Project

  • Bring your completed Trail Worker Volunteer Agreement Form. Volunteers under age 14 need to have adult supervision; all volunteers under age 18 need to have their Agreement Form signed by their parent or guardian.
  • Wear comfortable work clothes, long sleeves, and long pants. Sturdy work boots required (not open-toed).
  • Bring a small pack with a filled water bottle, lunch, work gloves, and hat.
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellant.
  • Tell an on-site CVTC crew leader how long you can volunteer that day. You can choose the length of your volunteer shift, as long as it is earlier than CVTC's end time of 3:30 p.m. All volunteers have to start at 9:30 a.m. for the project and safety orientation.
  • Projects are held rain or shine, with exception to lightning and thunderstorms.
  • Groups who are interested in volunteering with CVTC should call CVNP's volunteer office at 330-657-2296 as far in advance as possible.
  • Please sign up to receive CVTC's newsletter E-Trails, and to be notified about updates to CVTC projects. Email info@cvtrailscouncil.org with the subject "Subscribe."

Special Projects

  • Stanford Trail Bridge: In 2008, CVTC purchased and installed the $15,000 fiberglass bridge on the Stanford Trail. Click here for photos.
  • Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge: In October 2009, CVTC helped assemble and install the Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge, a 3-section, 165-foot long, fiberglass bridge spanning Brandywine Creek. Read more.
  • Blue Hen Falls Trail Bridge: In June 2012, CVTC helped disassemble the old bridge and build the new Blue Hen Falls Bridge, a 70-foot long fiberglass truss bridge. Click here for photos.

Publications
The CVTC produces the popular Trail Guide Handbook: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a comprehensive guide to all the trails in CVNP and The Nature of the Towpath, a natural history guide to the Towpath Trail. CVTC publications are available at Boston Store Visitor Center and at numerous outfitters, bookstores, and specialty shops in Northeast Ohio. Proceeds from the books support CVTC activities.

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.