Picnicking in the Park

Two adults and two children sit at a wood-topped picnic table next to mostly leafless trees, eating a meal.

© J.J. Prekop, Jr.

Whether you need an area large enough for a family reunion or an intimate spot for two, you'll enjoy picnicking in the park. Picnic areas are scattered throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Some provide grills, and all have tables. Alcohol is prohibited in the park. All picnic areas are first-come, first-served, with the exception of the Ledges and Octagon shelters. Both can be reserved for a fee.

There are also many picnic areas within the greater park boundary that are managed by Summit Metro Parks (SMP) and Cleveland Metroparks (CMP). The following chart indicates the size and type of the picnic facilities managed and maintained by the National Park Service.


Location Name Number of Tables/
Accessible Tables
of Grills
Boston Store River Access 2/0 0 Yes At comfort station
Boston Store Trailhead 2/0 0 Yes At comfort station
Botzum Trailhead 4/1 0 Yes No
Brandywine Falls Trailhead 7/2 1 Porta-John No
Canal Exploration Center 10/2 1 Yes At comfort station
Columbia Run Picnic Area 4/0 0 No No
Deep Lock Quarry (SMP) 8/1 4 Yes No
Everett Covered Bridge 1/0 0 Yes No
Frazee House Trailhead 1/1 0 Yes No
Hampton Hills (SMP) 3/0 1 Yes No
Happy Days North/Boston Run 5/0 0 Porta-John No
Horseshoe Pond Trailhead 4/2 1 Yes No
Hunt House 1/1 0 Yes At comfort station
Hunt House Trailhead 3/0 0 No At comfort station
Ira Trailhead 3/1 0 Yes No
Kendall Lake Shelter 9/1 1 Yes At comfort station
Ledges Area 38/0 30 Yes Yes
Ledges Shelter 16/0 1 Yes Yes
Lock 29 Trailhead 0/0 0 Yes At comfort station
Lock 39 Trailhead 1/1 0 No No
Maplewood Picnic Area 3/0 0 No No
Oak Hill Trailhead 6/0 0 Yes No
Octagon Shelter Area 14/4 6 Yes Yes
Peninsula Depot 3/1 0 Yes At comfort station
Pine Hollow Trailhead 5/0 4 Yes At comfort station
Sagamore Grove (SMP) 2/0 1 No No
Shady Knoll 3/1 1 No No
Station Road Bridge Trailhead 4/1 0 Yes At comfort station
Valley Picnic Area 3/0 2 No No

These locations are marked with a picnic table symbol on our Official Map and Guide.

Last updated: July 5, 2024

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