Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in Ohio, showcases a diverse range of ecosystems along the Cuyahoga River. From waterfalls to forests, it’s a serene retreat for both recreation and relaxation.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Ohio
Area: 32,572 acres (131.8 sq km) – 55th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Brush Road – 1,164 ft (354.79 m)
Lowest Elevation: Cuyahoga River – 590 ft (179.83 m)
Date Established: October 11, 2000
Annual Visitors: 2,913,312 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Akron, Ohio

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Brandywine Falls Trail (1.5 mi, Easy) – Highlights the stunning Brandywine Falls via boardwalks and stairs.
  2. Ledges Trail (2.3 mi, Easy) – Offers unique rock formations, with a scenic overlook of the Cuyahoga Valley.
  3. Towpath Trail (Length varies, Easy) – Follows the historic Ohio & Erie Canal with multiple access points.
  4. Blue Hen Falls Trail (0.5 mi, Easy) – A short hike to a beautiful waterfall.
  5. Buckeye Trail (Length varies, Moderate) – Encircles the state of Ohio, with a significant portion passing through the park.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

  1. Scenic train rides on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
  2. Birdwatching, with over 200 species documented
  3. Canoeing or kayaking on the Cuyahoga River
  4. Biking along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
  5. Winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

After hiking and exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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