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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264 USA

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Opens Sat 9:30a
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
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“Hiking trails and scenic views”

Explore the wilderness on miles of trails through dense forests, past cascading waterfalls, and over rolling hills in this stunning national park. Experience breathtaking vistas, meandering rivers, and abundant wildlife in every season.

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Erica Griffith

  • 92 Reviews
  • 105 Helpful
July 02, 2014

A particularly great trail if you're a biker or a runner. Tons and tons of bikers along Lock 29. You can also hike to three different waterfalls within 4 miles. The hikes are really peaceful, pretty easy and fun in the summer. If you're an avid runner, go for the Buckeye Trail. It's pretty demanding with lots of hills and milage.

10 people found this review helpful

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  • 14 Helpful
October 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

Living in Chicago, I had no idea there was a national park so close (it's about a 6-7 hour drive). Cuyahoga Valley is gorgeous and serene. Definitely check out the Ledges.
While I wouldn't plan a whole week trip around CVNP, it is definitely great to explore for a day or two. It's shockingly close to Cleveland, so it's easy to get there as well.
The park is free to get in to, rather small, and there are residential parts in the middle of it. As of 2014, they don't really have camping - I read there were about 4 sites that could be reserved only within 3 days of camping, so I just couchsurfed instead of risking it. I spent one day at the park, and felt like I saw most of what it has to offer. You're never far from civilization when you're here, which is ideal for some travelers. The hikes all seemed to be pretty easy, making this a great park for young kids or those who have mobility limitations. If you enjoy biking or trail running, this is a popular spot. If you find yourself in the Cleveland area, definitely make a side trip to CVNP!

7 people found this review helpful

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  • 15 Helpful
August 18, 2014

One of two free National Parks in the country. Beautiful and gentle hiking trails for all levels.

5 people found this review helpful

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  • 4 Helpful
December 08, 2014

This is one of the greatest perks of living in northeast Ohio! I love biking and running this trail. If you're visiting Ohio and you don't have a bike, I recommend renting bikes at Century Cycles on 303 in Peninsula. If you go north, you'll see the highway bridges and a lot of beautiful scenery. If you go south, toward Akron, you'll also see some locks and you can stop at Szalay's farm and buy some goodies. When you go back to return your bike, you can eat at Winking Lizard Tavern and get some of their famous wings and a few beers. I go here a few times a month in summer and always have a great time!

4 people found this review helpful

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  • 6 Helpful
September 19, 2016
Rated 3.0

Very crowded on Sunday. So many bikers and runners on the Tow Path. Definitely a park for the locals. We started at the Visitors Center. No parking for RVs. We parked at the Ski Hill Parking lot near the scenic railway station.
Directions from park attendant were confusing. We wanted to go to Brandywine Falls, but ended up going the opposite way in the Tow Path. Had an enjoyable walk. Would go back if traveling Interstate 80 again sometime.

3 people found this review helpful

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January 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

A nice showcase of Ohio natural beauty. The rail was fun, especially if you have children or can't walk around. While this national park is probably not worth a trip in its own right (compared to other national parks), it's definitely worth seeing if you're within the bordering-state area. My recommendation is to visit in the autumn when leaves are changing.

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  • 4 Helpful
October 04, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous area, with tonnes of trails suitable for all levels. Free parking, and if you don't have your own bike, they have bike rentals available too.

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 6 Helpful
September 19, 2016
Rated 3.0

Definitely a park for the locals. Very crowded on Sunday with runners and bikers. We started at the Visitors Center. Directions from the Park Attendant were confusing. We wanted to hike to Brandywine Falls but ended up going the other direction on the tow path.
No RV parking or camping. We parked at the ski hill parking lot near the scenic railway.
I would go back to explore if we are traveling Interstate 80 again.

2 people found this review helpful

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October 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

A huge and beautiful National Park just a short distance from Cleveland. You could spend a week exploring it and still not see all of it, but convenient parking and picnic areas make it easy to jump around and see the highlights like Brandywine Falls, Beaver Marsh, the Covered Bridge, or scenic railroad. Great park for hikers or cyclists. I highly recommend going in the fall for the amazing foliage.

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  • 14 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
August 18, 2015
Rated 4.0

Cuyahoga is an interesting National park, especially when you compare it to the greats like Zion or Yosemite, but it's a great getaway in the mid-east states. Beautiful and green. We stayed at one of the few available campsites (6), which were beautifully maintained. Not sure if campfires are allowed though, since there was no fire circle. Looks like there are many beautiful trails, and we loved hiking to Buttermilk Falls.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

6947 Riverview Road
Peninsula, Ohio
44264 USA
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Good for bird watching, cycling, and 8 more activities.

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