Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away.
The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
The Canal Era is a story of working people striving to realize the Founding Fathers’ vision. Some prospered as businesses flourished along the watery interstate “highways” of the day. Immigrants and people of color struggled for work, greater freedom, and acceptance. Boats brought new consumer goods into the heartland and carried out raw materials. No longer reliant on homemade things, Americans became shoppers. During the Canal Era, the national identity and the national economy began to gel.
At Canal Exploration Center interactive maps and games, explore why a growing nation needed canals. Meet people who lived or worked along the Ohio & Erie Canal. Read a diary entry by a teenage canal worker. READ MORE
Tinker’s Creek travels 28.2 miles and is the largest tributary that feeds the Cuyahoga River. The creek drops a dramatic 220 feet over a course of two miles and has carved out a steep, walled gorge. The gorge was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1967. Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook offers a spectacular vista particularly in the fall. The Gorge is a National Natural Landmark, which is a site designated by the Secretary of the Interior for its condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education. The overlook is wheelchair accessible and located off Gorge Parkway in Bedford Reservation, between Dunham and Egbert roads in Walton Hills. READ MORE
Brecksville Nature Center opened its doors on June 11, 1939 as a WPA era Trailside Museum. It remains to this day the last of Cleveland Metroparks original trailside museums. The nature center serves as a place for people to gather and extend their experience of the reservation by being introduced to the wilderness, beauty and treasures of the past that await discovery. Personal encounters with wildlife play a major role at the center. One of the most popular winter programs is Hand Feed a Chickadee, which has a history dating back to the 1940s. READ MORE
Station Road Bridge straddles a gorgeous expanse of the CVNP system; it’s a famous landmark of the entire park and makes for a great photo opportunity. But there is far more to this stretch than a click-and-go. Buckeye Trail weaves in and out of the Valley like a snake; many of the stops are among the most picturesque to be had in all of Northeast Ohio. Trekkers wanting to stay longer will find the Stanford House and campsites available for overnight stays. READ MORE
Carved by Brandywine Creek, the 60-foot falls demonstrates classic geological features of waterfalls. A layer of hard rock caps the waterfall, protecting softer layers of rock below. In this case, the top layer is Berea Sandstone. The softer layers include Bedford and Cleveland shales, soft rocks formed from mud found on the sea floor that covered this area 350-400 million years ago. Shale is thinly chunked, giving water a bridal veil appearance as it cascades down the falls.
Early settlers in the valley saw the falls, not just as an object of beauty, but as something to be used for its water power. In 1814, George Wallace built a saw mill at the top of the falls. Grist and woolen mills followed. The Village of Brandywine grew around the mills and became one of the earliest communities to emerge in the Cuyahoga Valley. Much of the village is now mostly gone, lost to the construction of nearby Interstate 271. However, the James Wallace house, built by George’s son, remains and is a bed & breakfast, the Inn at Brandywine Falls. READ MORE
The new Boston Mill Visitor Center officially opened to the public on Friday, October 25, 2019. Serving as the “front door” to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, new and returning visitors , local or from around the world are invited to explore the new exhibits, plan their CVNP adventure with advice from staff and uncover the history of Ohio’s only national park. READ MORE
Everett Covered Bridge, which crosses Furnace Run, is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County. But in the 19th century, it was one of over 2,000 in Ohio, the state that led the nation in covered-bridge construction. The bridge played an important role in the 19th-century transportation system. Local histories emphasize the role of the Ohio & Erie Canal. With the canal, farmers could ship products to Cleveland and beyond. READ MORE
At the Cuyahoga Valley’s southwestern edge sits an impressive three-story red brick house surrounded by 140 acres of fields, gardens, and woods. Familiar to many school children, it is a now popular regional attraction that overlooks a recreated historical village. READ MORE
Throughout the year, the Beaver Marsh teems with life. Depending on the month, you may be serenaded by choirs of countless frogs, watch turtles swim among lily pads, glimpse a beaver nibbling on a willow branch, or hear northern cardinals call from snowy trees. The Beaver Marsh is among the most diverse natural communities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The exceptional scenery and wildlife make it one of the park’s most popular destinations. Here you can enjoy photography, bird watching, and sharing nature with family and friends. Use this bulletin to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of this special resource. READ MORE
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is the home of the famous “Blossom Music Center”. The well known music venue was built as an outdoor center for entertainment, including a stage, restaurant, art gallery, outstanding gardens and a beautiful picnic areas. It was built in the midst of over 800 acres of land and its location makes it clear why the Blossom Music Center is a favorite of Ohio’s music venues. One of the novelties of the Blossom Music Center, is the lawns that cover the back rows of the seating plan, giving a fantastic outdoor music experience. The lawns also provide an excellent view of the stage. Concerts go on rain or shine, so make sure you double check the weather when buying lawn tickets! READ MORE
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