Cuyahoga Valley National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. Boston Mill Visitor Center is closed until further notice and all programs are cancelled. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, trails and some parking lots will remain open.
Visitors are asked to:
- Travel loop trails in a clockwise direction only. Alert others when passing (on the left). One-way travel reduces the number of encounters with other visitors. Follow the posted signs at trailheads and trail intersections. Move to the right if another visitor is passing. Be aware of poison ivy and ticks if you do step off the trail.
- Use portable toilets only in case of emergency. Public restrooms are closed, and although portable toilets are provided and cleaned regularly, they are not as sanitary as your bathroom at home. Please "go before you go".
- Call 440-546-5960 to check for the latest closure information before visiting. A recorded message will give the most up-to-date information. We will temporarily close parking areas, trails, boardwalks, and viewing locations as necessary to remain within the guidance for safe social distancing.
- Be flexible and do your part to reduce crowding. Opt for less-crowded park locations and less-crowded days of the week to visit. Weekends are always more crowded than weekdays. If you encounter a crowded location, do not get out of your vehicle. Please choose another location and park only in designated parking spots.
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Some alternative destinations include:
- The Virginia Kendall area: This area features several miles of interconnected trails with various access points and parking areas. Pine Hollow and the other parking areas along Quick Road provide access to the Kendall Lake area trails, as does the lot at Kendall Lake Shelter. For a larger open area, try the sledding hills at Pine Hollow or the field at the Octagon Shelter. In the northern portion of this area, the parking lot for Happy Days Lodge provides access to the Boston Run Trail.
- Howe Meadow: This area is usually only open for special events, but is now open to the public as it is conducive to social distancing. If you’re looking to go for a hike, you could walk over to Indigo Lake and back, or continue up the connector trail toward Hale Farm and Village.
- Canal Exploration Center: Though the exploration center is currently closed, the parking area provides access to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Cuyahoga Valley National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.
The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check back here for updates from Cuyahoga Valley National Park.