Winter weather can provide special opportunities for recreation in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and sledding are just a few of the options. Below is information about some of the ways to experience winter in the national park.
Over 125 miles of trails are open for hiking year round. The Ledges Trail is among the most scenic due to dramatic icicles that form on the rocks. In winter it is especially important to consider safety while hiking. Always use caution where ice and packed snow make footing hazardous. Pick up trail maps before venturing into unfamiliar areas. Inform family or friends of your intended locations and estimated time of return. Do not climb on the rocks at the Ledges and stay back from the bluff edges. As a courtesy and for the safety of everyone, always yield to skiers and avoid walking in ski tracks.
Snowshoe rental is seasonally available at Boston Mill Visitor Center when snow is four inches or deeper. Before visiting, check the visitor center's operating hours. Snowshoes may be used on nearby trails. When sharing a trail with cross-country ski traffic, yield to skiers and take care not to walk in ski tracks.
Large-mouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are among the fish caught in Cuyahoga Valley lakes and ponds. Ice thickness is not monitored for ice fishing, so be extra careful when venturing onto the ice. Thin spots can occur on the ice, causing it to become unstable. Ice fish at your own risk. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged to maintain the fish populations needed for continued sport fishing. Fishing guidelines follow federal and state regulations. For more information visit our fishing page.
Sledding is available at Kendall Hills on Quick Road in Peninsula, about one mile east of Akron Peninsula Road. Parking is located at Pine Hollow, Crow Foot Gully, and Little Meadow parking lots. Separate areas are designated for sleds and toboggans. Some areas are closed to sledding to prevent conflicts with cross-country ski trails.
Suggested areas and trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing include:
Downhill Skiing and Snow Tubing
Brandywine Ski Resort, 1146 West Highland Road, Sagamore Hills 44067, and Boston Mills Ski Resort, 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264, offer downhill skiing. Polar Blast Snow Tubing Park is next to Brandywine. Equipment rental and instruction are available. For resort information call 330-467-2242.
Last updated: July 10, 2023