History & Culture

Fog rises above a lily pad covered wetland that is surrounded by deciduous trees in the early morning sunlight.
Fog rises above a lily pad covered wetland that is surrounded by deciduous trees in the early morning sunlight.

©TOM JONES


Ohio's National Park is a restored landscape of unusual vibrance.


History runs deep in the valley, with over 12000 years of human occupation. From the unwritten stories of prehistoric peoples to the environmental disasters and comebacks of the 20th century, humans have left an impact on the valley. Here along the Cuyahoga River, humans have used, shaped, and been shaped by the landscape. Culture and nature interplay here, with each having its impact on the other. Explore the rich history through

The story of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP)'s establishment highlights the impact local citizens and political leaders can have when they work together with passion and common purpose to protect aspects of America's heritage.

This story is rooted in the environmental and social movements of the 20th century. It is about the desire to have scenic open spaces near to home, especially for recreation. It is about not only saving significant features but restoring a landscape to be culturally vibrant, less polluted, a better home for wildlife, and a model for sustainable living.

 
Places

Places

Learn the history of where prominent and highly visited areas are explored.

Beaver marsh by Tom Jones

People

Learn about those who called CVNP home and meet a few of the local characters.

NPS / TED TOTH

Stories

Explore the notable stories of the valley.

Last updated: December 10, 2018

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Phone:

(330) 657-2752

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