Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have a question about Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Whether it's your first time visiting the park or you are a repeat visitor, this page is for you. If you do not find an answer here, please contact us through an email or by calling Boston Mill Visitor Center at 440-717-3890. Keep reading for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What time is the park and visitor center open and how do I get there?

Boston Mill Visitor Center is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Hours may be extended during the summer season. Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for visitor center addresses and seasonal information for Canal Exploration Center and Hunt House.

Most areas of the park are open 24 hours a day. The exceptions are Brandywine Falls, Ledges, Octagon, Kendall Lake, Happy Days South Parking Area, and the Kendall Hills Area on Quick Road. These places close at dusk.

The national park is spread out over 33,000 acres. There are many entry points and no entry gates. Visit our directions page for addresses of trailheads and buildings.

Do I need a reservation or to pay a fee to visit the park?

No, Cuyahoga Valley is a fee-free park that does not require a reservation for entry. Two park shelters are available for reservation, which does include a fee. Other picnic areas are free and first-come, first-served.

Where can I find drinking water?

Our restrooms and drinking water page lists all the locations with drinking water. Many of our outdoor drinking fountains are seasonal. For year-round access to water please visit Boston Mill Visitor Center, the restrooms at Boston Store Trailhead, or Kendall Lake Shelter.

Where can I find more information about accessibility?

Visit our accessibility page for detailed information. For information about accessible restrooms visit our restrooms and drinking water page. The park’s accessibility coordinator, Ranger Arrye Rosser, can provide trip-planning advice tailored to your individual needs. Email or leave a message at Boston Mill Visitor Center, 440-717-3890.

Is Brandywine Falls closed?

The parking lot for Brandywine Falls has reopened after some recent construction. The lot tends to fill between 10 am and 3 pm. Avoid the crowds by coming earlier in the day or access the falls by hiking from Boston Mill Visitor Center to the Stanford Trail. A map of the trails around Brandywine Falls can be found on our maps page.

Where can I ride my bike? Or rent a bike?

Bikes are allowed on several trails within the national park. The most popular is our 20-mile section of the Towpath Trail. Park partners operate the Bike & Hike Trail along our eastern border, the All Purpose Trail at Brecksville Reservation, and the Hemlock Creek Trail near Canal Exploration Center.

The East Rim Trails are for mountain biking only. Other mountain biking trails are at Hampton Hills Metro Park and Bedford Reservation.

Bicycles can be rented from businesses in Peninsula and other nearby communities. More information is on our Biking in the Park page.

When is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train operating?

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates seasonally and occasionally needs to modify operations due to changing conditions in the park. Visit their website for ticket information and program schedules for detailed planning. Learn more about the railroad on our Scenic Train Ride page.

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Last updated: April 15, 2024

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