Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Description

Established as an "urban" park in 1974, Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves a balanced relationship between nature and human beings that began with Native Americans and continued with white settlers. Sites along the river remind us of past and present uses of the river valley, from the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath to farm meadows to modern golf facilities. Located between Cleveland and Akron along 22 miles of the Cuyahoga River, this vast and varied park offers myriad outdoor opportunities year-round. What to see and do: Begin your day at one of three visitor centers, located in the north, on the eastern edge, and in the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Here you can pick up detailed maps and lists of park facilities. Winter visitors will enjoy the skiing. Two privately owned ski areas tempt downhill skiers, while cross-country enthusiasts may take advantage of several cross-country ski trails and the 20-mile Towpath Trail. During summertime, bring your boots or bikes to explore the park's 125 miles of trails. They connect to other trails within the park as well as to the Buckeye Trail, which loops 900 miles through the state of Ohio. Your wanderings will give you ample opportunity to spot species of birds and animals typical of the region. You may wish to tackle the Cuyahoga Valley's 33,000 acres by choosing one of several smaller park areas as your base. At the three largest, Virginia Kendall, Brecksville, and Bedford, you'll find golfing, sledding, nature trails, horseback riding, and snowshoeing, to name just some of the possibilities. Look for sites throughout the park that chronicle the Ohio and Erie Canal's heyday as a transportation thoroughfare. Take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Rangers ride with you on the train to answer questions about the miles of changing park scenery. From fishing to flutes, the area serves a wide range of interests. In the south end of the park, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra summers at the Blossom Music Center. Close by you'll find the Porthouse Theater, which hosts Kent State University's summer repertory. Before you join the audience, spend some time enjoying the quiet ponds and lakes with your fishing pole and Ohio fishing license. Climbing and camping are prohibited, but feel free to picnic throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Call ahead to check the schedule of cultural programs and festivals held at the several sites, or visit www.dayinthevalley.com for comprehensive program listings. The Towpath Trail is open 24 hours a day; some sections close at dusk. Visitor centers are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. All visitor centers and the Towpath Trail are handicapped-accessible. Leashed pets are permitted.

Address

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Lat/Long

41.26293500, -81.55873300
Visit Website
(330) 657-2752

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