Blind / Low Vision

Two African American men smile at each other. One wears a baseball shirt and cap. The other wears a ranger uniform.
A visitor from the Cleveland Sight Center chats with a ranger outside Hunt House.

© Sara Guren

If you are blind or have low vision, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a range of services to help you have a great visit. This is a work in progress. Check back for updates.

Publications

Cuyahoga Valley’s park map and guide is available in two alternative formats: braille and audio only.

You can pick up a braille version when you arrive or request a mailed one by emailing us or calling 440-717-3890. The braille version is a summary that you can keep as a souvenir.

For a complete description, use the audio version. This is available as text and audio files on our website. If you have a smartphone, download the UniDescription mobile app and search for it under Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

For a large print version of our seasonal Valley Guide newspaper, email us or call 440-717-3890.

Visitor Centers

We encourage you to start at Boston Mill Visitor Center, located in the center of the park and open year round. It offers a braille version of the park’s map and guide, and a tactile floor plan. The exhibits have other tactile elements including a large map of Cuyahoga Valley. The exhibits have been audio described, but the delivery method for the audio description is still getting worked out. To request a copy, email us at cuva_access@nps.gov.

Canal Exploration Center is in the north and has seasonal hours. It offers a braille version of the park’s map and guide, audio described exhibits, and a tactile floor plan.

Hunt House is in the south and has seasonal hours. It offers a braille version of the park’s map and guide. There are ADA compliant tactile entrance signs at the house and the restrooms. The outdoor exhibit includes an audio station and tactile play elements.

Other Places with Audio Description

More than 100 locations, including most outdoor graphic panels, have been audio described. We are gradually making this available on our website and on the National Park Service mobile app. The complete list is:

Audio Stations on the Towpath Trail

The outdoor exhibits at these locations include a hand-cranked audio station with four educational messages. The list is:

Tactile Exhibits on the Towpath Trail

The following outdoor exhibits along the popular Towpath Trail include tactile elements. When walking this trail, keep right and listen for bicyclists passing on the left. The list is:

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a Voices of the Valley audio tour available on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Train Tracker app for your smart phone.

 
Two men wearing helmets, one standing and one seated on a tandem bike, and other cyclists in front of a white house.
Volunteers lead a tandem biking program for the Cleveland Sight Center.

© D.J. Reiser

Tandem Bike Program

The national park partners with the Cleveland Sight Center to offer a seasonal tandem bike program along the Towpath Trail. Contact us for information.

Contact Us

If you did not find answers to your questions, email us. We also welcome your suggestions for removing barriers and creating more enjoyable experiences.

The park’s accessibility coordinator, Ranger Arrye Rosser, can provide trip-planning advice tailored to your individual needs. Email her or leave a message at Boston Mill Visitor Center, 440-717-3890.

Last updated: May 4, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Phone:

(440) 717-3890

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