There are two rustic shelters available for rent in the Virginia Kendall Unit of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The shelters were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps of American chestnut and locally quarried sandstone. They are located on Truxell/Virginia Kendall Road between Akron Cleveland Road and Akron Peninsula Road. Both shelters are fully accessible.
The Ledges Shelter
701 Truxell Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264
The Octagon Shelter
801 Truxell Road, 1.5 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264
Electricity, Drinking Water, and Restrooms
Limited electricity is available at both shelters. The shelters can accommodate normal household appliances such as coffee pots and crock pots. Drinking water is available at a drinking fountain from May 1 - September 15. Restrooms with flush toilets are available year round.
Reservations are taken as early as one year in advance of the date based on availability.
Hours of Operation
$110 weekends and holidays
How to Make a Reservation
To make a reservation, visit the on-line national reservation system, www.recreation.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is music permitted?
Music is permitted. It cannot exceed 60 decibels; therefore, if the music can be heard in the parking lot, it is too loud. If you use a public address system other than for a disk jockey, a Special Use Permit may be required.
Are the shelters heated?
The only source of heat is the fireplaces. The fireplaces sometimes take the chill off; however they don't truly warm the buildings in winter.
Is wood provided for use in the fireplaces?
Wood is provided; however, the group must provide their own kindling and start the fire themselves.
Can I come look inside the shelter ahead of time?
You can look through the windows but we do not have staff available to open the shelters for viewing ahead of time.
Are the shelters wheelchair accessible?
Both shelters are fully accessible.
Last updated: April 7, 2022