Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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77 mi 124 km

Runs

138 mi 223 km

Trails
Gems
3 Gems

Easy Trails
22 Trails
Intermediate Trails
20 Trails
Hard Trails
0 Trails

Located only a short drive away from the cities of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a scenic escape. Visitors can enjoy the many trails that wind along the Cuyahoga River or traverse the rolling hills, deep forests, or open farmlands of the park. A refuge for a host of native wildlife and plants, the park provides many means of exploration. Whether strolling along the Towpath Trail which follows the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal or venturing out on one of the park's many trails, visitors are sure to be enchanted by the solitude and scenery that the park has to offer.

To learn more about Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
The Boston Store Visitor Center is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Hours vary by season. Days and operating hours for the Canal Exploration Center, Hunt House and Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake all vary by season. Visit the park's website for current hours of operation.

Boston Store Visitor Center:
  • Spring: 9:30 am to 5 pm (March - April) 8 am to 6 pm (May)
  • Summer: 8 am to 6 pm (June - August)
  • Fall: 10 am to 4:30 pm (September - November)
  • Winter: 10 am to 4:30 pm (December - February)

Visiting Tips

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Brandywine Falls, Ledges, Octagon, Kendall Lake, Happy Days South Parking Area, and the Kendall Hill Area on Quick Road are closed from dusk until dawn. The remainder of the park is open 24 hours a day.

Fees & Passes:
Entrance to the park is free. There is no official entrance fee at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Visitors can support the park by donating to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park may charge admission to concerts and programs and for the reservation of public rental facilities.

To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
For those looking to camp within the park, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park operates five designated backcountry campsites along the Stanford Trail. Each site is $25 per night. Group rental is $100 per night for all five sites. There are also a variety of camping and lodging options located in the nearby towns around the park. For more information on nearby accommodations, click here.

Lodging:
  • Inn at Brandywine Falls: Six room bed and breakfast. Reservations can be made online or by calling (330) 467-1812.
  • Silver Fern Bed and Breakfast: A colonial bed and breakfast. Reservations can be made online or by calling (330) 417-7194.
  • Stanford House: Nine bedroom remodeled house. Reservations can be made by calling (330) 657-2909 ext 119 or by emailing Stanford@forcvnp.org.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

In addition to the many restaurant choices in the nearby towns around the park, there are options for dining in the park at the town of Peninsula, including the Brandy Wine Bar, Fisher's Cafe and Pub, and the Winking Lizard Tavern. For those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, check out Country Main Ice Cream or the Yum Yum Sweet Shop.

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park also operates two retail outlets in the park known as Trail Mix Boston (open April through October) and Trail Mix Peninsula (open year round). Offerings include locally made Mitchell's Ice Cream, snacks, beverages, and a variety of grab-and-go meals.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Winking Lizard Tavern Stop in and fuel up during a long bike ride on the towpath. A great rest stop.
1615 Main St, Peninsula OH — (330) 467-1002
Chick-fil-A The friendliest staff EVER.
Winking Lizard Tavern Wing night!!! $.40 Monday and Tuesday!!! Yum
511 E Aurora Rd, Macedonia OH — (330) 467-6200
Casa D'Angelo's Try my family's honey bourbon salmon, its a personal favorite and its just a perfect dish!!!
893 E Aurora Rd, Macedonia OH — (330) 467-9699
The Courtyard Café I love their French onion soup & the salads are awesome!
Dolphin Family Restaurant Amazing! Best family restaurant ever! End of story!!
Burger Fresh Beef burger is good but salmon burger is amazing!
Whitey's Booze N' Burgers Get the hotzarella sticks. They are amazing.
Best Gyros Best gyros and fries in the area and great service!
Chipotle Mexican Grill Very tasty chicken & the HOT tomatillo red chili sauce. This place gets very busy. Wait in line OR order online or on smartphone app.
Burntwood Tavern This is a million times better Than seared. OUT.
Flip Side As an Akron native I can honestly say this place blows swensons out if the water. Five guys never stood a chance.
49B Village Way, Hudson OH — (330) 655-3547
The Original Dave's Cosmic Subs get a #1. It's the best.
186 N Main St, Hudson OH — (330) 342-5666
Aladdin's Eatery The bathrooms are nice!
44 Park Ln, Hudson OH — (330) 656-0560
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Always do the Uncle Herschel's favorite no matter what time of the day... It is to die for lol....happy eating.
Yours Truly Restaurant Great place to get breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Decent portions. Service with a smile!
36 S Main St, Hudson OH — (330) 650-2900
Double Dragon great crab rangoon

Other Activities

Visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park have many options to explore the park. Whether you are interested in canoeing, kayaking, or fishing along the Cuyahoga River or bird watching, camping, geo caching, star viewing, golfing, hiking, or picnicking along the many trails in Cuyahoga, the park has plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. Additionally, Cuyahoga has five major bike trails, and mountain bikers can ride the East Rim Trail, a multi-use trail that is the first of its kind for a national park. Also, for the more adventurous, there are several great options for rocking climbing in the park at Cuyahoga Falls Glen and Cuyahoga Falls Gorge, and nearby at Chippewa Creek.
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3.4 mi 5.4 km
#1 Salt Run Trail
Peninsula, OH
3.4 mi 5.4 km Peninsula, OH
Minor Issues
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Mostly Dry, Some Mud
46 days ago
4.6 mi 7.4 km
#2 Plateau Trail
Peninsula, OH
4.6 mi 7.4 km Peninsula, OH
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
20 days ago
Montrose-Ghent, OH
20.6 mi 33.1 km Montrose-Ghent, OH
Unknown
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2.9 mi 4.6 km
#4 Tree Farm Trail
Peninsula, OH
2.9 mi 4.6 km Peninsula, OH
Bad / Closed
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Muddy - wear boots, super muddy. we had to turn back because we were wearing running shoes.
79 days ago
4.3 mi 7.0 km
#5 Wetmore Trail
Peninsula, OH
4.3 mi 7.0 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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2.3 mi 3.7 km
#6 East Rim Trail
Boston Heights, OH
2.3 mi 3.7 km Boston Heights, OH
Unknown
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3.2 mi 5.2 km
#7 Riding Run Trail
Peninsula, OH
3.2 mi 5.2 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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3.5 mi 5.6 km
#8 Langes Run Trail
Peninsula, OH
3.5 mi 5.6 km Peninsula, OH
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0.9 mi 1.5 km
#9 Brandywine Gorge
Boston Heights, OH
0.9 mi 1.5 km Boston Heights, OH
Unknown
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Bedford, OH
5.5 mi 8.9 km Bedford, OH
Unknown
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2.6 mi 4.2 km
#11 Perkins Trail
Peninsula, OH
2.6 mi 4.2 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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1.7 mi 2.7 km
#12 Ledges Trail
Boston Heights, OH
1.7 mi 2.7 km Boston Heights, OH
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Bedford, OH
23.2 mi 37.4 km Bedford, OH
All Clear
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Mostly Dry, Some Mud
56 days ago
Peninsula, OH
15.7 mi 25.2 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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Peninsula, OH
2.4 mi 3.9 km Peninsula, OH
Minor Issues
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Muddy
53 days ago
1.5 mi 2.4 km
#16 Stanford Trail
Peninsula, OH
1.5 mi 2.4 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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6.3 mi 10.1 km
#17 Valley Bridle Trail
Brecksville, OH
6.3 mi 10.1 km Brecksville, OH
Unknown
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1.4 mi 2.3 km
#18 Oak Hill Trail
Peninsula, OH
1.4 mi 2.3 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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1.4 mi 2.2 km
#19 Pine Grove Trail
Boston Heights, OH
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boston Heights, OH
Unknown
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1.3 mi 2.1 km
#20 Furnace Run Trail
Peninsula, OH
1.3 mi 2.1 km Peninsula, OH
Unknown
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