There’s no better way to explore Cuyahoga Valley National Park, than sitting in a train watching the scenery pass you by. The National Park, which is a nonprofit organization, provides train rides through the Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This railroad has been around longer than any other in the country. One can sit back and relax, while enjoying the magnificient surroundings.

The train takes special trips for anyone who wants to experience all of the rich history, that makes up Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They charge $18 for an adult, and $13 for children over 3 years of age. They have one train that departs from Rockside Station in Independence, and travels to Akron Northside Station. One can also choose to board from Canton Lincoln Highway Station, which carries on until Akron Northside Station. These tickets can be bought online beforehand.

The “Bike Aboard! Program” allows bikers to ride the Towpath Trail in one direction, and then hop onto the train for a nice and easy ride back. Bikers also have the option of taking the train, the first leg of the journey, and then biking back. They can catch the train, by waving both arms when they see an oncoming train. They charge $3 for one way, per biker, and $8 for runners and hikers. One should check the schedule beforehand, to make sure that the program is running regularly that day.

There are different seating options, so one should make sure to order what you prefer. One option is coach seating, which is 2 seats facing 2 seats. Another option is first class seating, which are the most comfortable seats on the train. The seats are padded, and contain alot of leg room. Your third option is called Upper Dome Seating, where you are elevated. This allows one the oppurtunity of seeing a better view of the park.

There is so much history and nature to enjoy on the Scenic Train Ride. You can hear all about this wonderful region on the train, through the “Voices of the Valley” audio tour. All one has to do is put the headphones on, and listen to stories about the first settlers of the Valley, and how the Ohio and Erie Canal and Valley Railway came about. One can expect an excellent adventure.