Summer in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Summer in cuyahoga Valley national park


Cuyahoga Valley is the story of renewal. In 1969, the infamous picture of the Cuyahoga River catching fire made national news. Out of this fire came the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. That photography started a long process that would get this national park to where we are now, a thriving and healthy river. This national park has a rich history. One of the most interesting parts of this national Park are the canal ways. This was a national transportation system and a major contributor to what is now Cleveland, Ohio. The Canals are still accessible and the National Park even has an entire museum dedicated to the history of the canals.
Pictured here is a canal at Deep Lock Quarry.
An amazing way to enjoy this national park is to hike or bike the 90 miles of the Towpath trail. 

“The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is the path where, from 1827 to 1913, mules pulled canal boats laden with passengers and goods up and down the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. Today’s trail follows the historic towpath as closely as possible, the exact route determined by historic maps and remnants of the trail itself. In some places, the trail leaves the historic route where time has erased the old path.

Along the trail and at key visitor centers, you can learn more about the cultural, historic, natural and recreational resources being preserved and celebrated along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.” (

Another fantastic feature of this national park is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Visitors can be picked up after a bike or hike at many locations and enjoy the park from the ride. Picture is from: (
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