December 04 2014
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Josey Orr
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The Great 59 - Part 14: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Great 59 is a series on America’s National Park Service.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

State: Ohio

Created: October 11th, 2000

Size: 33,000 Acres

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the nations smallest and most recent additions to the National Park System. However, its size and short tenure as a park don’t mean that it’s lacking in natural beauty. Waterfalls, caves, creeks, and the Cuyahoga River come together to make a wonderful ecosystem that is perfect any adventurer.

The park is located just a short distance from both Akron and Cleveland, making it an ideal place of refuge for those who need a break from the city. Around two million people visit the park each year to get away from it all and relax.

What To Do:

Hike – There are 125 miles of trail crammed into the park. They’ll take you to scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and beaver dams.

Ski & Snowshoe - During the winter, you can cross-country ski and snowshoe throughout the park. Trails range from 1.5 loops to 19.7-mile treks.

Camp - There are five primitive campsites on location and the rent for $20 a night. You will need to make a reservation prior to your stay though, so make sure to plan ahead.

Fishing - You can fish in the parks waterways, but it is recommended that you throw your catches back into the water. You’ll find the fishing here to be more meditative anyway. Due to the amount of fish in the park, you may even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle swooping down for lunch.

Places Of Interest:

Brandywine Falls - There are actually 70 waterfalls within the boundaries of the park, but the Brandywine Falls are the most striking and a must-see for any visitor.

Everett Covered Bridge - This form of architecture is nearly extinct, so for many out of town visitors it will come as a pleasant surprise. It makes for great photographs in any season.

Beaver Marsh - The marsh stands in stark contrast to the cliffs and waterfalls in the rest of the park. It is a designated wildlife refuge; so keep your eyes open for otters, beavers, and waterfowl.


The park is open all year long and each season offers its own beautiful perspective. It’s really up to personal preference when you go. 


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