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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in the northeastern part of Ohio of the United States.  The park covers an area of 50.9 square miles (131.8 sq km).  It was converted to a national park in the year 20000.

The park is situated along the Cuyahoga River between the cities of Akron and Cleveland making it convenient and easy for residents to escape into the wilderness.

Cuyahoga Valley is the only US national park that was originally recognized as a national recreation area.  It is the only national located in Ohio. It joins Isle Royale National Park and Indiana Dunes National Park as the only three national parks located in the Great Lakes Basin.

The park is further unique with its combination of natural and historical man-made features.  The park is also part of the Ohio and Erie Canal completed back in 1832.  There is a Canal Exploration Center and structures connected to the actual canal.

The park features an array of natural features that include rivers and ravines, rolling hills, wetlands, and waterfalls while all being nestled in forests.  There are a few different waterfalls with the tallest being Brandywine Falls with a plummet of 65-feet (20 m).

One of the things that make Cuyahoga Valley special is the amount of wildlife so close to urban areas.  Many of the commonly sought-after sightings include beaver, coyote, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk, and white-tailed deer.

This is also a great place for birdwatching.  Bald eagles and peregrine falcons are two of the leading predator species.  Canada geese and blue herons are two of the larger birds present in the park area.

One of the enjoyable activities is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad which allows tours seasonally and during special events.


The park is unusual compared to the majority of national parks spread out across the United States.  For some, a highlight is being able to experience both the natural and man-made features of the park.

Brandywine Fall is the most popular waterfall in the park as well as the tallest.  There are a collection of historical structures as well including Frazee House, Boston Store, Peninsula Depot, Everett Covered Bridge, Stanford House, Hale Farm, and features of the Ohio and Erie Canal.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Trails

There are several hiking trails that make exploring the national park an easy and enjoyable activity.  Collectively, there are over 125 miles of trails traversing the park area. Here is a look at some of the available trails.

Cuyahoga Valley Highlights

  • Natural and man-made attractions
  • Brandywine Falls



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