Buildings and Trails Projects

During the construction season, the National Park Service typically has multiple projects happening to improve Cuyahoga Valley's buildings and trails. These are in addition to our river restoration projects. Sometimes our employees and volunteers do the work themselves. Other times, it is done by contractors or partners.

This page highlights a few of the larger projects. As work progresses, we add photos to the galleries. If there are any closures needed, they are posted on our current conditions page.

a young tree in a black pot sitting in a grassy field
Approximately 12 acres of land will be restored to a natural state.

NPS/Mallory Klein

Restoring Open Space through the Great American Outdoors Act

Made possible with funding from the Legacy Restoration Fund, created by the Great American Outdoors Act, 33 non-historic structures will be removed from 11 parcels of land throughout the park, and approximately 12 acres of land will be restored to a natural state.
A small brown wooden building is along a paved path and parking lot with a bike rack and four portable restrooms in the front and green forest in the background.
The old restroom at Brandywine Falls is currently closed, the access blocked by portable toilets.

NPS / Amanda Fawcett

Brandywine Falls Restroom Improvements

The contractor will begin work at the Brandywine Falls Trailhead in early October 2021. We will be adding plumbed toilets with running water and sanitary sewer treatment. Click the photo on the left for details.

A group of volunteers move and unload stone onto a trail surrounded by green forest. A man pushes a regular wheelbarrow full of trail material. Another dumps a blue power assisted wheelbarrow as a third man rakes out the stone. Others stand waiting.
Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council volunteers hardened a muddy section of the Buckeye Trail near Blue Hen Falls.

NPS / Jeff Pettigrew

Blue Hen Falls and the Buckeye Trail

From May to November 2021, a National Park Service crew is completing a major improvement project on the Buckeye Trail between Boston and Blue Hen Falls. Through hikers can follow a detour using the Towpath Trail. Access to Blue Hen Falls will be closed for the duration of the project. For background information and a map of detour, see our news release. The photo gallery below describes the project in more detail, showing the work as it progresses.


Repairs at Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center

Starting in September 2021, a contractor will begin a series of cyclical maintenance improvements to campus buildings. November Lodge will get a new roof. Exterior painting will be done at November Lodge, Lipscomb House, Lipscomb Barn, and Administration. Windows and doors will be replaced throughout Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.


New Pedestrian Bridge in Boston

The Summit County Engineer is working with the National Park Service to build a pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River that links Boston Mill Visitor Center with Boston Store Trailhead. Planning and design is happening in 2021. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2022 and last about six months. Visit the Summit County Engineer's project page for more information, including a map and design drawings.

This bridge will connect both sides of Boston and create a pedestrian friendly campus along the Cuyahoga River. The bridge plans have it being built in the area where the Boston Store parking area was located prior to the Boston Mill Visitor Center grand opening in October, 2019. The Boston Store parking lot was closed after the grand opening of the main park visitor center and its new parking lot on the west side of the river. The park recognized the need for limited mobility parking near the Towpath Trail and Boston Store and designated a few spaces for visitors who require closer parking to access the trail and store.

The National Park Service must carefully consider the effects of creating new paved surfaces. The new lot at the Boston Mill Visitor Center is preferable for environmental and fiscal reasons. It is further from the river and is better designed to address runoff and capture potential runoff before it reaches the river.

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    Last updated: January 12, 2022

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