Operating Hours & Seasons

Park Open Hours
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open every day of the year.

Some areas close at dusk. The remaining areas are open 24 hours.

The park operates on a seasonal schedule:
Spring = March, April, and May
Summer = June, July, and August (Including Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends)
Fall = September, October, and November
Winter = December, January, and February

 
Two bicyclists pass the Boston Store Visitor Center while riding the Towpath Trail during autumn.
Two bicyclists pass the Boston Store Visitor Center while riding the Towpath Trail during autumn.

©Tom Jones

Boston Store Visitor Center
(330) 657-2752
1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264

(81° 33.512' W) (41° 15.803' N)

The visitor center is a good place to start your visit at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet park staff, get questions answered, and learn more about park scheduled events and places to visit. There is a short park video available upon request. You can pick up relevant brochures, maps, passport stamps, purchase park-themed merchandise, and America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes.


  • Fall, Winter, and Spring: Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Summer: Daily, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 

Attractions

 
Winter Sports Center at M.D. Garage
(330) 657-2752
1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264

(81° 33.512' W) (41° 15.803' N)

The Winter Sports Center will be operating out of M.D. Garage, located next door to Boston Store Visitor Center. Snowshoes and cross country skis will be available for rent when there is at least six inches of snow.
 
View of the main entrance of Canal Exploration Center from the Towpath Trail.
View of the main entrance of Canal Exploration Center from the Towpath Trail.

NPS / Ted Toth

Canal Exploration Center
(216) 524-1497

7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside roads
Valley View, Ohio 44125
(81° 36.805' W) (41° 22.355' N)

The park's newest attraction was once used as a tavern, a general store, a residence, and a park visitor center. This historic building now features in-depth, interactive Canal Era exhibits for children and adults. Elevator to second floor is currently out of order.

  • Spring (May)
    Open weekends only 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Summer: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fall: Wednesday through Sundays in September and October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Winter: CLOSED
 
View of the entrance sign and the front of the Hunt House Information Center.
Hunt House Information Center

NPS/ Peter Wilson

Hunt House
2054 Bolanz Road, between Riverview and Akron Peninsula Roads
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 34.319' W) (41° 12.026' N)
Hunt House offers child-friendly nature exhibits, a rest area along the Towpath Trail, and information about nearby attractions.

  • Spring: Saturdays and Sundays (plus Monday, May 25), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in April and May
  • Summer: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fall: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. in September and October, Closed in November.
 

Special Event Sites

 
View of the front of the Happy Days Lodge taken on a sunny summer day.
Happy Days Lodge in the summer

NPS / DJ Reiser

Happy Days Lodge
500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303)
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 30.499' W) (41° 13.859' N)
This is a special events site only.The facility is available for rentals, concerts, lectures, and special activities. For reservations call (330) 657-2909 ext. 119.

 
Howe Meadow Barn and part of the Howe Meadow field on a sunny summer's day
Howe Meadow Barn

©Sara Guren

Howe Meadow
4040 Riverview Road, 4 miles south of SR 303
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
(81° 34.912' W) (41° 11.359' N)
The facility is available for rentals, concerts, and special activities, including Saturday Farmers' Markets. For reservations call (440) 546-5944.

Last updated: March 1, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Phone:

(330) 657-2752

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