Ice Box Cave: Bat Population Threatened
Ice Box Cave, located at Ritchie Ledges, is closed in an effort to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the northeastern and eastern U.S. and threatens our bat population in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
WNS is spread by bat-to-bat transmission and by humans transporting fungal spores on their shoes, clothes, and other gear from contaminated sites. Help slow the spread of WNS and reduce disturbance to bats by staying out of the cave. Please report any unusual bat activity, such as, bats flying outside during the day in cold winter months or bats clustering near the entrance to the cave.Contact Park Dispatch at 440-546-5945.
Long Term Closures
Oak Hill Road
Oak Hill Road from the northern corporate line of Cuyahoga Falls to the Everett Road connector is closed due to a failure of the embankment along Furnace Run. Posted detour routes are from Everett Road, to Riverview Road, to Ira Road. For updates on this project and others throughout the county, please see the Summit County Engineer's website at: http://summitengineer.net
Old Carriage Trail Bridges
The three bridges on the Old Carriage Trail in Sagamore Hills remain closed until further notice. The bridges have been determined to be unsafe for pedestrian traffic due to accelerated deterioration on structural portions of the bridges. The Old Carriage Trail will remain open at both entrances except for bridge access. The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Bike & Hike connector to the Towpath Trail is open.
The National Park Service considers the Old Carriage Trail a priority for the public and is aggressively pursuing funding options to pay for the bridges. All comments and questions can be directed to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road Brecksville, Ohio 44141 or e-mail us.
Dickerson Run Trail
This trail is closed until further notice.