Thing to Do

Plan Your Event at Cuyahoga Valley

A crowd gathered around picnic tables under a rustic shelter made of sandstone and dark brown wood.
Event at Ledges Shelter.

NPS / D.J. Reiser

This national park is a great location to host your event. Built during the Great Depression, the rustic Ledges and Octagon shelters in the Virginia Kendall area can be booked up to a year in advance. Use the online national reservation system and pay with a credit card. Amenities, accessibility, and pricing for each shelter are provided in the location description. Other picnic areas are first come, first serve.

Depending on what you hope to include in your event, a special use permit may be required. Examples of activities that need permits including wedding photography, commercial filming, and sports events.

For meeting spaces, indoor venues, and group retreats, contact the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


Reserve shelters and apply for special use permits.

Plan ahead for a park visit with a pet. Visit our pets page for more information.

Varies by location.

Reservations can be made through or, depending on the facility.

Hours vary by season and location.

Shelter reservations are 10 am to 9 pm from May to September, and 10 am to 6 pm from October to April. Other locations vary.

Accessibility Information

Shelters are accessible for wheelchair users. Service animals may go wherever visitors are allowed, with a few exceptions. Many park locations and most exhibit panels are audio described.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Last updated: April 19, 2021