In Case of Emergency Dial 911
Suspicious Activity Reporting
- If you notice a suspicious object or person, trust your instincts and get help.
- Immediately contact the Communication Center at 440-546-5945.
- Report the facts: your name, place, time, and description of the person, vehicle, or package.
- Move away from the area and don't get involved. Your job is done.
Parking Lot Safety
- Keep valuables at home and not in your vehicle.
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Do not park in unmarked parking spaces, this will avoid possible accidents.
- Place purses and other valuables in the trunk before you get to the trialhead.
- If running or hiking alone make sure to save the Communication Center number at 440-546-5945, in case of an emergency.
Keep Wildlife Wild
- Enjoy wildlife from a distance; do not feed the animals.
- Begging from humans causes harm to wildlife and to you.
- Food from your plate threatens the health and survival of wildlife and causes them to lose fear of humans, increasing the likelihood of bites or attacks.
Preventing Tick-borne Diseases
Tick-borne diseases can be transmitted only by the bite of an infected tick. An infected animal or person cannot pass the infection on to another animal or person. Ticks normally become infected by taking a blood meal from an infected animal. Use caution when removing ticks from pets and be sure to check yourself and loved ones after spending time in ticks' habitat. Ticks can be found in tall grasses, on ground cover, and near structures and woodpiles. They cannot jump, fly, or fall from trees but will attatch to pets and people as they walk by. The tick population is high this year. Ticks are active from early spring until late fall. The risk of exposure to ticks and disease can be reduced by using these precautions.
Consider purchasing tick prevention products for your pets like tick collars, sprays, and gels. Talk to your local veteranarian for more guidance.
Avoid wooded or weedy areas on trails
Tuck pants into socks or boots
Wear light-colored clothing to easily find ticks
Use repellents and follow label instructions
Check children and pets for ticks after hiking or playing outside
Remove ticks as soon as you find them.
If you are bitten by a tick, do not panic. Carefully remove the tick, including its mouth parts, from your skin using tweezers. Monitor your health the following days.
For more information on ticks visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources webpage.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools, etc. Storm sewers, culverts, and catch-basins, etc. provide an outdoor resting place for mosquitoes most commonly associated with West Nile Virus (WNV). It is important to apply mosquito repellant when participating in any outdoor activity - especially when fishing, hiking or bicycling at night.
In 2017, Ohio had 29 counties that had WNV virus activity. As well as 600 WNV positive mosquitos.
Any person bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) is at risk.
- Three pointed and glossy leaflets grow alternately off the stem and usually have irregular teeth.
- Leaves are reddish when they first emerge in spring; green during summer; and various shades of red or yellow in autumn.
- To avoid poison ivy wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants.
- Apply a pre-contact solution (available at drug stores) to exposed skin.
- If you must handle the plant, wear impermeable gloves.
- Remove and immediately wash clothing, gloves, and footwear in detergent or soap.
- Always take stings seriously and monitor the victim's reaction. If you or someone else experiences the severe symptoms noted above (or have a history of them), call 911 and don't hang up the phone until instructed by the dispatcher.
- Drink enough water.
- Tell someone where you are going.
- Use a trail map. During wet conditions, wear waterproof boots with a heavy tread and step carefully.
- Don't become distracted. Be aware of your surroundings and watch children closely.
- Don't endanger your dog, wildlife, or people. Keep dogs on a six-foot leash and hold them closer when others are near.
- Leave valuables at home, not in your car.
- Collect memories, not park resources.
- Program the CVNP Communication Center into your cell phone and carry it with you: 440-546-5945 or 800-433-1986.
Hiking Later in the Day
- Use extra caution when hiking later in the day.
- Bring a trail map, flashlight, and cellular phone to avoid getting lost in the dark.
- Watch for tripping hazards and stay on the trail.
Hiking at the Ledges
- Stay back from the edge. Footing is hazardous.
- Use extra caution if it has rained or snowed recently.
Hiking at Brandywine Falls Area
- Do not climb Brandywine Falls or the fences and rocks in the falls area. Accidents at this location have led to serious injury and death.
- Stay back from the edge.
- Use extra caution if it has rained or snowed recently. Walkways, boardwalks, and stairs can be especially slippery.
- For your safety, park staff will close access to the lower platform during severe weather.
Bridle Trail Safety
- Respect other trail users.
- Stay to the right and give a timely, audible signal before passing on the left.
- People, pets, and wildlife can move unexpectedly. Allow enough room and time to respond.
- Use extra caution in congested areas.
- Don't risk a head injury. Always wear a helmet when cycling.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid snow-covered bumps, ruts, branches, icy patches, and other hazards.
- If someone has built a ramp, report it to a park ranger or volunteer.
- Ramps can cause serious accidents.
- When returning up the hill, stay away from downhill riders.
- If you become too cold, warm up at the campfire or return to your vehicle.