Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Explore an area of outstanding natural beauty, with countless landmarks and activities to enjoy at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The winding Cuyahoga, meaning "Crooked River," flows by 33,000 acres of deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands.
A refuge for flora and fauna, the park brings visitors back to a past time and gives recreation and solitude to all within it. See how the country was transformed in this recreation area, through the remains of the Ohio & Erie Canal, which traveled through this valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
As a national park, there are, of course, many areas of incredibly beautiful nature to explore. The Beaver Marsh is one such place. Beavers who had moved in along the old canal created this wetland and you'll have the chance to see it up close, through the boardwalk built across the marsh. Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall is one of many magnificent waterfalls in the surrounding area.
The falls once powered a thriving village and local industry, as well as an artist colony. Here, you can hike the Brandywine Gorge Trail, which has been made easier with a bridge crossing the Creek. Other trails and natural parks include the Ritchie Ledges, formed millions of years ago, the Towpath Trail following the route of the historic canal, and Virginia Kendall Park.
Sport and recreation
There are a number of recreational activities taking place in the national park. Play golf in the most serene of locations. There are four courses in the park, meaning you'll always have a challenging venue for improving your game. Alternatively, make a splash by canoeing or kayaking down the Cuyahoga river. There are several companies renting out canoes and kayaks in the area. During the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is also a fun way to enjoy exercise in this natural setting. Or, take a train ride through the park's main attractions. A line of historic train cars winds through 26 miles of the national park and takes around 3.5 hours.
Culture and history
The Cuyahoga Valley has a fascinating history owing to industry and agriculture in the area. The Canal Exploration Center examines the history of the canal in the area, allowing visitors to navigate a boat through a lock with an interactive touchscreen exhibit. Crossing over Furnace Run, the Everett Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County.
In the 19th century, it was one of over 2,000 in Ohio! Many mills emerged along the river during the 19th and early 20th century and there are some good examples of these to visit, such as the Jaite Mill and Wilson Feed Mill. Immerse yourself in the rich farming history of the valley at Stanford House, now serving as a lodging. Whether it's historical significance or natural beauty you want, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has it all.