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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park






 Description of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Location: Summit County and Cuyahoga County, Ohio  Map

Area: 32,947.07 acres (133.33 km2)

Fees and permits
Entry into the park is free, but scheduled events, concerts and other activities may be subject to a fee.


Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies in Summit County and Cuyahoga County, Ohio in USA. This picturesque nature reserve covers an area of 32,947.07 acres (133.33 km2). Towards the year 1870, the inhabitants of the nearby cities began to visit the Cuyahoga Valley for recreational reasons, such as trekking tours and pleasure trips by boat on the canal. In 1880, the Valley Railroad became another way to escape industrial life by rail. The evolution of the current Cuyahoga Valley National Park began around 1910 when the councils of Cleveland and Akron established districts of metropolitan parks. In 1929, the will of businessman Kendall Hayward of Cleveland donated a property of 1.7 square kilometers around Richie Ledges and a trust fund in the state of Ohio for the purposes of " to establish a park in perpetual way. The land was designated the Virgen Kendall Park, in honor of its mother. By 1930, the Civil Conservation Corps (or the CCC, a New Deal project) built a large part of the current park infrastructure such as the Happy Days Lodge and the huge picnic shelters at Richie Ledges and Lake Kendall.




The Inn at Brandywine Falls (see the Sagamore Hills article) is located within the park boundaries. Additional lodging options can be found in nearby towns and cities.

Shady Oaks Farm Bed and Breakfast, 241 W. Highland Rd (1/2 mile from red lock, on the towpath), toll-free: +1-800-785-9769. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Shady Oaks Farm is a federal period building furnished in antiques, on a 25-acre horse farm, with English gardens, views of horses grazing. They have stables for people trail riding on the parks 86 miles of bridle trails. 150.00 and up.

The National Park Service offers one primitive campground (no drive-in access):

Stanford House Primitive Campsites, 6093 Stanford Rd (in Peninsula). Five primitive campsites are available for distance hikers and bicyclists using the Towpath Trail. Drive-up use is not permitted. There is a maximum of two tents and six people per site. Water and chemical toilets are available. Camping is by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least three days in advance by contacting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association Reservation Coordinator's Office at +1 330 657-2909, ext. 119, Monday to Friday, 9AM-4PM Walk-up campers can reserve unoccupied sites by visiting the Trail Mix store between 10AM, and 5PM on weekends only. $15.00/day.

There are also several State Park campgrounds are nearby:
Findlay Lake State Park, 25381 State Route 58, Wellington, +1 440 647-4490, camping and cottages
1 Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Rd, ☎ +1 330 644-2220. Camping only Portage Lakes State Park.
Punderson State Park, Newbury, +1 440 564-2279, camping, cottages and lodge
2 West Branch State Park, 5708 Esworthy Rd, ☎ +1 330 296-3239. A park located in Ravenna, offers camping, boating, hunting, and fishing West Branch State Park.

The backcountry in this unusual National Park takes you into the surrounding cities and towns.





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