About 500 generations of native people have made Cuyahoga Valley their home. The first were travelers, following large game across the subarctic landscape at the end of the last Ice Age. Later people lived in seasonal base camps that became more permanent in time. They hunted and gathered food from abundant forests and waterways. Meals were shared around cookfires. They practiced religious rituals along streambanks and on bluffs above the Cuyahoga. As conditions changed, they adapted. There were periods of trade when local flint was exchanged for exotic materials from distant places. There were periods of warfare which ultimately killed or displaced most native people from Ohio by the mid-1800s.
Native American Heritage Walking Tour
Over thousands of years, Native peoples left their mark on the Cuyahoga Valley. Explore some of their stories through interpretive wayside exhibits along the Towpath Trail. Download the NPS App to find this self-guided walking tour and other information about Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Last updated: November 28, 2023