Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in Northeastern Ohio. It is located between the cities of Akron, and Cleveland. As Cuyahoga has been a National Park since the turn of the millennium, it is under the auspices of the federally controlled National Park Service. It has tens of thousands of acreage, which include breathtaking scenery and landscapes. It is also home to many Historic sites that date back several centuries. This part of the country used to be home to several Iroquois Native American tribes. In fact, Cuyahoga means “crooked river” in one of the Native American languages. This name is a reference to the beautiful Cuyahoga River, which winds its way through large swaths of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Hotels – When planning your visit, and deciding upon a place to stay, there are many options. You can camp out in the park or stay, in your RV outside the park. You can stay at one of the small bed and breakfasts in the park, stay at a local hotel, or if someone desires the big city feel when going to sleep, you can stay in a bigger hotel, in either Cleveland or Akron. These cities are both a short 25 minute drive from the park. READ MORE
Dining – When visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one can bring your own food into the park. If you’re looking for a restaurant environment, one needs to only drive a few minutes down the road to Brecksville, to locate some great eateries. READ MORE
Things to do – Large numbers of tourists flock to the park, to enjoy its many trails and paths. On these routes, there are options for walking, hiking or biking. There are wonderful opportunities to explore at Cuyahoga, with its many caves, waterfalls and ravines. There are dozens of tree types scattered throughout the park, and hundreds of species of animals. See our Top 10 List. We put together a few of the top things you must do below:
- Biking – Planned around the winding Cuyahoga River, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park features 33,000 acres of woodlands, rolling hills, and open farmlands. In addition to hiking trails, beautiful rock formations, and historic properties, Cuyahoga Valley Park has four major bicycle trails that are a popular activity for residents and tourists.
- Hiking – Hiking is one the best-loved pastimes in the at Cuyahoga Valley National Park thanks to the parks waterfalls, rolling hills, and well laid trails of crushed limestone along portions of the Ohio and Erie Canal. In fact, the exquisite waterfalls and lush natural settings of the trails have made them a favorite of local and visiting artists and writers for years.
- EarthCaching – Visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park can now participate in EarthCaching — one of the latest environmental “sport” activities whose popularity is sweeping the country. While some arm themselves with a portable Global Positioning System (GPS), most local residents and out-of-state visitors join the fun at Cuyahoga Park using nothing more than a map and their curiosity.
Visitor Sites and Information – There are several Visitor Centers located throughout Cuyahoga Valley. At each of these locations, you can access important, up to date information about everything that’s going on in the Park. It’s also a great place to just put up your legs and relax, before proceeding on the next stage of your unforgettable journey through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Nature & Science – he Cuyahoga Valley is a very important place when it comes to discoveries in nature, and the development of the sciences. This massive area in Northeasetern Ohio, contains the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Through the park and other parts of the general area, runs most of the famous Cuyahoga River. Rivers are always home to thousands of different species of plant life and animals. The Cuyahoga River is not an exception to this rule. The Cuyahoga Valley, contains forests, wetlands, and several other types of unique environments. These areas help scientists, and even the frequent visitor, learn more about this diverse planet. READ MORE
History & Culture – The Cuyahoga Valley, and its National Park, is rich in historical sites. The park allows one to access information about how life in this region was in the previous generations. One should in no way think, that this region is only about sightseeing in nature. The Cuyahoga Valley, is rich in cultural facts and educational tools. This can be implemented in order to broaden a person’s knowledge about the area, and how it impacted the overall region, and the entire country. Events that happened in this region in the previous centuries, affected life in all different types of economical and scientific ways. READ MORE