Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
If there is one word that typifies Cuyahoga Valley, it might well be “surprise.” To begin, many people are surprised by the simple fact that a national park exists in northeastern Ohio, between the sprawling cities of Cleveland and Akron. In fact, it hasn’t existed for long: Cuyahoga Valley was given national park status only in 2000.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a United States national park that preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio. The 32,950-acre (13,334 ha; 51 sq mi) park is administered by the National Park Service and is the only national park in Ohio. It was established in 1974 as the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area and was designated as a national park in 2000.
Native Americans called this winding water “Kahyonhá:ke,” which means “on the river” or “at the river” in Mohawk. Cuyahoga is an English spelling of Kahyonhá:ke. The English often write Cu for Ga, ya for yon, ho for ha, and ga for ke. The area from Sandusky Bay to Cleveland is described as Canahoque: The Seat of War, The Mart of Trade, & Chief Hunting Grounds of the six New York Iroquois on the Lakes & the Ohio.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Waterfalls
Brandywine Falls is Among the Most Popular Attractions in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Brandywine Falls is a place to return to time and time again-to watch the changing seasons such as seen in fall colors and spring vernal pools. It is also a place to watch the moods of the waterfall. With less water, the bridal-veil pattern becomes more pronounced. In winter, ice becomes the attraction. Immediately after storms, water torrents over the falls, often in higher volumes than would have occurred historically, because run-off from upstream paved surfaces has increased water flow.
The 1.5-mile Brandywine Gorge Trail lets you explore beyond the waterfall. It starts near the bed & breakfast and follows the edge of the gorge, eventually taking you down to creek level. The trail is worth revisiting in the spring to view vernal pools that temporarily fill with water, attracting breeding salamanders. The views of the creek and the layers of rock it has exposed are also worth the walk.
Cuyahoga Valley Pational park Conservancy
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. Our national park is vibrant, captivating and holds a long-standing legacy that’s woven into the historical fabric of the Cuyahoga Valley. Our national park unlocks a world of experiences; it’s a place to be proud of and call our own. Our national park is strengthened by the desire of its visitors, supporters, volunteers and members who strive to preserve, protect and enhance this treasured civic asset for generations to come.