The Cuyahoga Valley is a large rural area in northeastern Ohio. It houses Ohio’s only National Park. The Cuyahoga River runs through most of the region, and adds much to its beauty. The region receives over 2 million visitors and tourists every year, during all four seasons. People come for the large variety of activities that one can do while visiting. This includes, hiking, biking, bird watching, boating, and just observing some of the best sites that nature offers you. One can discover and explore wetlands, waterfalls, meadows, and many other breathtaking sights of nature.
Other Fun Facts:
- People have been living in the Cuyahoga Valley since the turn of the 19th century.
- It started to be an area that received tourists, in the 1870’s.
- In the 1970’s the site was designated a Recreation Area, with the help of the United States Government, and President Ford.
- In the year 2000, the site was established as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
- There have been several areas in the region which have been removed and worked on, so as to return them back to their natural states. This includes an arena, and several waste dump areas.
- One doesn’t need to pay anything to enjoy the beautiful sites located within the Cuyahoga Valley.
- One can find many species of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants within the National Park and the surrounding areas.
- The Towpath Trail is a path that goes through most of the park. It runs along large stretches of the Ohio and Erie Canal. It was the site of where livestock would help guide boats along the Canal in the 1800’s.
- One can take the same route aboard a special Scenic Railroad car. Fees apply and can be purchased as one way or return tickets.
- There are several sites where visitors can pitch their tents and spend the night amongst the wildlife in the Cuyahoga Valley.
- The park is located a short drive from big cities like Cleveland and Akron. This makes getting to the park very easy.