Place

Oak Hill Trailhead

“Oak Hill” kiosk stands between a wooden bench and a two door restroom with trees in the background.
The loop trail network starts and ends on either side of the bulletin board and restroom area.

NPS / Arrye Rosser

Quick Facts

Audio Description, Benches/Seating, Information - Maps Available, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Parking - Bus/RV, Picnic Table, Restroom, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Like other areas in the park, the Oak Hill area was once farmland. Today it is one of the largest roadless tracts in the national park. As you hike along the trails here, look for clues to the former farm fields, with fencerow edges, old farm lanes, and planted trees.

Farmers had built ponds and cleared fields. Today those cleared fields have reverted to meadows. The ponds remain today, and attract wildlife and anglers. Wildness is slowly returning to the area.

Two trails intertwine here, the shorter 1.8-mile Oak Hill Trail and the longer 5-mile Plateau Trail. They are popular for hiking, running, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing. The longer trail declines down to the valley floor, which means a hill back up to the parking lot level. The Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center is near here; please respect trail closures to this area. Do be aware, trails can become muddy during spring or times of rain.