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“Great biking along the towpath trail”

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had road bikes and were worried about riding the towpath - with the exception of a few short muddy paths, the path was well packed tailings fine for any bike. We parked at the north end of the park off Rockside road and headed south to the Canal Visitor center (closed for renovations). Round trip was about 10 miles. You hit lock #39 about a mile from the parking lot (headed south) - in pretty bad shape. You pass a couple of other canal historical markers along the way before you get to the visitors center where there is a lock with what looks like working gates. The visitors center is just a couple of blocks from the train stop (trains run several times a day - riders can catch the train one way for $3, runners $9 - schedule at http://www.cvsr.com). There is also an extensive paved bike path system that looks terrific - we hope to get back and explore more!

Thank sheaf01
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Cuyahoga Valley NP!!

The one downfall to this park, is the layout.... It's spread out throughout the city unlike most National Parks-where once you enter- you are there.... This park; every "attraction" was in a different part of the city and it was VERY confusing!

We started out at the Boston Visitor Center. We arrived about 8am and were disappointed to see it was closed. (didn't open till 10am). Thankfully we spotted a ranger and were able to ask directions to Brandywine Falls. Turns out due to the weird layout of the park; we had a 15 min drive to the falls.... FYI: turns out several of the "attractions" can be pulled up on your GPS which really helps a TON with this park and it's odd layout!

Brandywine Falls trail was moderate; not super hard, but not super easy either. It was a 1.5 mile trail. The trail had great overlooks and Brandywine Falls was beautiful! Very worth the hike!!!

Next we went to the Ledges. This is absolutely NOT to be missed! SO.MUCH.FUN!! There was signage that Icebox Cave was closed due to white noise syndrome; when we seen this we considered turning back, I'm soooo glad we didn't! The ledges are like a giant maze and the kids (both the young ones and the teens) had an absolute blast! Words nor pictures can do it justice- just be sure to take the Ledges trail weather Ice box cave is closed or not!! Parts of the ledges- you have to squeeze or crawl through and I just can't express how fun it was.... The little kids had to be dragged out of there... I really hope to make it back here someday!!

We also visited the Everett Road Covered Bridge. The map/info was a little deceiving as I thought we would be able to drive over the covered bridge, but that is no longer an option- you park and walk over the bridge; but it's a super short, easy walk. There was some history information provided about the bridge itself and I found it very interesting.

The Peninsula visitor center/train station was out of Junior Ranger books; so we had to pick those up at a diff center; given how spread out this park is- they should really make more efforts to keep ALL visitor centers stocked with these books and such.

The Peninsula visitor center/train station had picnic tables next to it and we enjoyed the sandwiches we had packed in with us.

We did take the scenic train ride and unfortunately it was less than impressive. A good chunk of the train ride is through a residential area and simply not worth the time or money. Despite the disappointing train ride, the park overall was just wonderful!

This park is the tenth most visited National Park and I can see why! I hope to visit here again someday!!

8  Thank brshwedimaauwi
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you like history, hiking and waterfalls - this is the place. Lots of History about the Ohio Canal System and them the Canals being replaced by the Railroad. Brandywine Falls is easy to see with the great boardwalks the park service has installed. Other Waterfalls can be reached by Short Hikes. The village of Peninsula, located inside the park, has restaurants, gift shops and lots of rentals to enjoy the park.

1  Thank Ken B
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love the overall beauty and tranquility of the entire Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park covers a great portion of the Cuyahoga River Valley and runs parallel to the Ohio and Erie Canal, which was built in the early 1800's and is responsible for making it possible to settle the Ohio wilderness. The park boasts a great number of attractions and activities for all. Hiking and bike trails, Skiing, Wetlands, several Waterfalls, The "Tow Path Trail" (which was the original tow path that the mules trod upon for pulling the canal boats along the canal) is very flat and well suited for hiking, jogging, bicycling and sight seeing. Along the towpath trail are the remnants of the old canal locks as well as many of the historic building and stores and villages built along the canal, etc. There is also the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad which runs along the 26-mile length of the park 3 times daily with stops along the way, including the historic sites of Hale Farm, the old train depots in Peninsula and Independence, etc. If you have a family and you haven't a lot of money to spend on a vacation, you should really consider Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Hotels in the area are inexpensive and there is absolutely NO ADMISSION FEE for the park and most of the activities (though there is a charge for snow-skiing and the train excursion, etc.).

2  Thank Rod S
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We ventured out to the National Park in Cuyahoga Valley. There are a lot of great things to see. Waterfalls, bridges, creeks, and beautiful outdoor scenery. If you need some time to get away and just walk and clear the air ... this is the place!

Thank Jason H
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