Trip Planner

Park Closures & Conditions

Before your visit to the park, be aware of closures that may impact your stay. Check our Alerts page for updated information.

  • View current alerts here
  • The Towpath is closed between Deep Lock Quarry and Hunt Farm until early spring. See our alerts page for more information.

Daily Activities & Events

Opportunities for exploring the park and its neighbors are numerous. Whether you want to join a hike, learn about wildlife, ride the train, or attend a concert, there's something for everyone! The Valley Guide is our quarterly schedule of events. A printed copy is available at our visitor centers.

Things to do in the Winter

Indoor Farmers' Markets

  • Countryside has transformed a former parking garage in Akron's Northside District into a new indoor market space featuring local farmers, food producers, artisans, and more every Sunday. It will serve as a venue for fun, educational, and food-centric events. On Saturdays attend the vibrant, producers-only farmers' markets at Old Trail School.
  • Visit the Countryside website for more information.

Winter Sports

  • Try a new sport! The Winter Sports Center has snowshoes and cross-country skis available for rent. There must be at least 6 inches of snow. Rental is free Available 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily at Boston Store Visitor Center. Call (330) 657-2752 for more information. Visit the Winter Sports Center page for more information.
  • Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing are available at Boston Mills and Brandywine near the park. Visit Boston Mills website for more information.

Winter Hiking

  • View the beautiful winter scenery throughout the park on a hike! There are over 125 miles of trails to choose from. Visit our hiking page for trails and maps.

Outdoor Adventures

There’s a lot to do in the Valley without having to hike for miles. Many iconic locations throughout the park don’t necessarily require a hike—and if they do, it’s short. Visit The Conservancy for CVNP webpage for suggested outdoor adventures.

Visitor Facilities

Boston Store Visitor Center

Start your visit at the Visitor Center. The Boston Store Visitor Center is open seven days each week, year round except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. See Operating Hours and Seasons for detailed hours.
  • Location: 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264
  • Parking: There is a small parking lot near the visitor center. Overflow parking is just east of the visitor center in a large gravel lot.
  • Accessibility: Accessible parking is located in the main Boston Store lot. The visitor center is fully accessible. The visitor center is along the Towpath Trail, which is also fully accessible.

Canal Exploration Center

For an in-depth experience centered on canal history, take a trip to Canal Exploration Center in the northern part of the park. Hours vary throughout the year.
  • Location: 7104 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125
  • Parking: There is a large paved parking lot suitable for bus, RV, and vehicle parking at Canal Exploration Center.
  • Accessibility: Accessible parking is located in the main Canal Exploration Center lot. The Exploration Center is fully accessible. Audio descriptions and assistive listening devices are available for all exhibits. The visitor center is along the Towpath Trail, which is also fully accessible.

Hunt House

Hunt House is a great place to stop along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Family-friendly exhibits and activities await visitors. Hours vary throughout the year.

  • Location: 7104 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125
  • Location: 2054 Bolanz Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264
  • Parking: A small parking lot is located across the street from Hunt House. Crossing Bolanz Road can be hazardous during times of heavy traffic. Visitors should use the crosswalk or plan to access Hunt House via the Towpath Trail on foot or bicycle.


There are many places to stay around the park, We also provide a limited number of campsites.

Parking Tips

The park can get very busy during the summer time and during peak hours. Visit certain trails and areas to find the best parking during these times.

Trails and Hiking

Over 125 miles of hiking trails are available for your hiking pleasure. These trails range from nearly level to challenging.


The Cuyahoga Valley has five major bicycle trails for your enjoyment! Ride along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, East Rim Mountain Bike Trail, Summit Metro Parks' Bike & Hike Trail, Cleveland Metroparks' All Purpose trails in Brecksville and Bedford reservations, as well as all roads and parking lots. Bicycling is prohibited on all other trails.

Canoeing and Kayaking

The primary waterway within Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the Cuyahoga River. We are presently developing strategies to protect and enhance river values, including adequate and safe approaches for recreational river use.

Scenic Train Rides

Experience the adventure, romance, and nostalgia of a vintage train ride through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

For Kids

Whether you are planning a trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park or doing research for a school project, we have lots of activities and information just for kids.

For the Family

There are plenty of activities and places to go for the entire family.

Tips for A Safe Visit

Whether you are planning a trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park or any park. Follow our advice for a safe visit.


Popular Attractions and Activities
Blue Hen Falls

This 15-foot waterfall is a beautiful hike every time of year. There is a small parking lot located across the street from the main trailhead. From there, the falls is a steep half-mile hike.

Tips for a great visit to the falls:
  • Blue Hen Falls parking has been reduced. The park is working on a long term solution. Parking is prohibited along the road, and cars with be ticketed and towed. The lot often fills by 10 a.m. and requires an unmarked road crossing to the main trailhead. Please cross with caution.
  • Visitors can also access the falls by hiking 1.5 miles from the Boston Store Visitor Center if the Blue Hen Falls parking area is full.
  • Stay on the main trail. This is a sensitive habitat and staying on the trail helps preserve plants and reduce erosion.
  • Parking outside of designated areas or along the roadway is prohibited.

Beaver Marsh

The Beaver Marsh was created by beavers that moved in along remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The area had been a farm and later a junkyard, which was cleaned up by a community effort. Today the area offers visitors the chance to explore a wetland first-hand and up close by a boardwalk thorough the marsh.

Tips for a great visit to Beaver Marsh:
  • The trail to Beaver Marsh is fully accessible via the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
  • Visitors can access the Beaver Marsh from the Ira Trailhead (3801 Riverview Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44264). This trailhead typically fills on fair weather weekends by noon.
  • Wildlife is most active in the area early morning and late evening.

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is one of the most popular locations in the park. This 65-foot waterfall is accessed via a partially accessible boardwalk. For a more challenging trip, take the steep stairs to the lower viewpoint or the 1.4-mile Brandywine Gorge Trail. During peak hours parking here will be limited, view our parking tips page here for more information.

Tips for a great visit to the falls:
  • The Brandywine Falls parking area serves both the Summit Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail and Brandywine Falls, making it a very busy location. During nice weather and throughout the summer, the parking lot is generally full between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arriving early or later in the day may improve the likelihood of getting a parking space.
  • Parking is not permitted outside of designated parking spaces or along the roadway.
  • Pets are permitted on all trails in the park, but must be kept on a 6 foot leash.

The Ledges

The Ritchie Ledges are witnesses to change - from creation out of Sharon Conglomerate millions of years ago, to landscapes wrecked by humans and to preservation today. The Civilian Conservation Corps created the park you see today, building trails and shelters throughout the area. During peak hours the ledges are the best place to visit to find parking.

Tips for a great visit to The Ledges:
  • The trail around The Ledges is 1.8 miles and connects to a larger network of trails in the Virginia Kendall Area.
  • The trail is not accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.
  • The Ledges area has a covered shelter available through a reservation system.
  • There is typically parking available in the large lot adjacent to the shelter and trailhead. Additional parking and access to the area's trail system can be found at Virginia Kendall Lake and The Octagon shelter.

The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

The Towpath Trail is open 24 hours, giving you the chance to explore after dark. Within the national park, the trail is level and hard-packed for people using wheelchairs, bicycles, or strollers. The National Park Service does not plow the trail in the winter to permit cross-country skiing.

Tips for a great visit on the Towpath Trail:
  • There are many access points for the trail throughout the park. Many parking lots fill early in the day or are congested throughout the day. Lock 29 in Peninsula, Boston Store, Hunt House, and Ira Trailheads are some of the busiest in the park. Plan to arrive to these lots early in the day or consider accessing the trail from Canal Exploration Center, Rockside Road, or Station Road.
  • From April through October, you can bicycle one way and return by train for $3 using Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Bike Aboard! service. Runners and hikers pay $9. You can catch the train at any boarding station. There are no guaranteed seats. Schedules are available at boarding stations, visitor centers, and online at
  • Weekends on the Towpath Trail can be crowded. Hikers and cyclists share the trail with the sections between Boston Store and Hunt House being the busiest.
  • Share the trail, keep pets on a 6 foot leash, and stay alert.

Last updated: December 17, 2018

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


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