Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Travel Guide

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    Briefing/Picnic Area
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    House 1
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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Things to Do

  • Tinkers Creek Gorge

    Just a short drive up from the river valley is dramatic (for eastern US) gorge created by Tinker's creek

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  • Pottery Shed

    On the edge of the village there was a pottery shed and a young lady demonstrating how they made pottery.

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  • Village Garden

    There was a nice garden with a few vegetables and lots of nice flowers in it. I enjoyed talking to the lady tending the garden.

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  • Benjamin Franklin Wade Law Office

    This building was the law office of Benjamin Franklin Wade, who practiced law in the Cuyahoga Valley.

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  • The General Store

    The occupants of the village relied on the general store for all their needed supplies, and any foodstuffs they did not grow on their own. The proprietor resided in the attached living area.

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  • Saltbox House

    This was a much more common style of home in the valley in the early 1800s. It is based on a New England design and was easy to build and easy to keep warm in the winter. It uses Federal Style architecture and is called a "Saltbox" house.

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  • House 3

    This house would have been built for a family that could afford a custom house but was not rich enough for the bigger houses. Say Upper Middle Class.

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  • Inside House 2

    This is how the house would have been furnished and laid out. There was a charming young lady in period costume demonstrating how to make dinner in the old style kitchen and over the open fire. The chicken cooked with herbs from the garden smelled great. Couldn't talk her into a sample (legal reasons).

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  • House 2

    This house is made of wood and has a different style of architecture than the first house but was still occupied by a well to do family.

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  • Inside House 1

    This is how the house would have been furnished and laid out. This would have been the home of a rich family. There was a charming young lady in period costume playing the piano (quite well I might add) inside the house.

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  • House 1

    There were several types of different houses on display here. I think they were modeled after actual period houses that were once in the valley. This first house was a substantial looking structure that used the popular Federal Style of architecture. Note the small wooden addition on the back for the kitchen (Photo 2).

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  • Hale Village

    Across the road from the Hale House is Hale Village. Hale Village has quite a few different buildings showing a typical village in the late 1800s and many of the activities. There were quite a few people here in period dress explaining and demonstrating different aspects of life in the village.

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  • Special Events

    There was a special event going on when I was here so in addition to all the other attractions there were booths set up where they were making popcorn in a large metal cauldron and a number of booths selling arts and crafts and other items.

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  • Sugar House

    This building was built by C. O. Hale in the early 1900s, preserving the family tradition of maple sugaring. Hale produced 200 gallons on maple syrup in a good year. The process is demonstrated here during the month of February.

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  • Carriage Makers Building

    Another display that I found quite interesting was the Carriage Makers Building. They had a number of different carriages inside like the: 1890 Landau, which was owned by President James A. Garfield's widow (Photo 2); this nice Brougham which was an expensive carriage for a gentleman built in London between 1890 and 1900 (photo 3). The name...

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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Restaurants

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    by Basaic Written Nov 26, 2011

    Food services are available at Thornburg Station, near the Boston Store Visitors Center, and in the Peninsula Depot Area. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is in the middle of a highly urbanized area to include the major city of Cleveland, so about any type of food you may desire can probably be found nearby. I ate at the Richfield Family Restaurant in nearby Richfield.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Nightlife

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    Watching traffic on the Turnpike might not seem like much of a fun activity. But, if you're a photographer looking for some interesting patterns, this may be the thing for you.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Transportation

  • Rent a Bike

    If you spend some time in Peninsula, one very popular activity is biking though the town, along the Towpath trail and through the park in general. Century Cycles offers bike rentals, and with the number of bikes we've seen there on our visits, it looks to be a popular option. We haven't done it ourselves yet, so I haven't a better review. But, if I...

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  • Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad

    The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is run by a separate company, but makes several stops within the park. Its a good way to get around, especially since this park's layout is so confusing. Since the railroad runs parallel to the Towpath trail, you can hike along with trail and ride the train back, or vice versa.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Warnings and Dangers

  • Obey Warning Signs

    As always, you should obey all warning signs. They are there to for your safety and to protect the park, its wildlife, and its plants. Please do not spoil the beauty of the park, pack out your own trash.

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  • The Railroad tracks are in use

    Stay off the Tracks . The Cuyahoga Valley Line runs regular and special excursions through the valley each day. It's no longer safe to walk the tracks. If you're near the tracks, keep an ear open and an eye peeled for the train.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Carriage Trail

    The Old Carriage Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail in the northern portion of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Of the 3.5 miles, approximately a half mile is spent on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.The Old Carriage Trail is primarily a wooded dirt trail that begins in the upland areas at the top of the Cuyahoga Valley and dips down into the...

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  • Salt Run Trail

    Salt Run Trail is located within the Virginia-Kendall Unit of the CVNP and is one of the longer trails in this area. It is located between Truxell and Quick Roads and is accessible via the Pine Hollow Trailhead, the Kendall Lake Trailhead and even from Akron-Peninsula Road.Overall, this is an enjoyable trail. I liked its length and the moderate...

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  • Buckeye Trail - Red Lock to Station Road...

    If you really want to get away from the crowds, then this trail is for you. I did this 7.5-mile (one way) section of the Buckeye Trail (which ultimately circles the entire State) as a primer for my ascent of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in a couple weeks. This is a difficult section of trail that should only be undertaken by hikers with...

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Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Sports & Outdoors

  • Bicycling in the Park

    Bicycling is very popular in the park. You can ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, with your bike, one way for $2 and ride back along the 20 mile towpath trail (or any part you want to).

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  • Hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley

    There are 125 miles of trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I hiked parts of the almost 20 mile Canal Towpath Trail; the Ira Trail (which leads to the Beaver Pond); the Brandywine Falls Trail; and part of the Happy Days Camp Trail. I don't have a lot of specific information about the trails so I am making just this one tip for them. Good...

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  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park is surrounded by some of the most modern and densely populated areas of the state; like Cleveland and Akron; but it still looks like it did in the early days of ite settlement. The park celebrates the culture and history of the area and maintains a lot of its physical beauty. One of the nice historical areas is the...

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  • Spring Wildflowers

    Take a walk anywhere in the park during the spring and you'll find colorful flowers poking out from under the leaves everywhere. The Towpath trail should offer a variety of habitats to experience the range of flowers. The trails leading from the Happy Days parking lot go into the woods and the ravines. In spring before the leaves have sprouted, the...

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  • Getting around

    This park is seriously confusing. At least it was confusing to me,. There is no one road that runs through the park. Instead, a series of main roads run through portions of the park while other smaller roads are needed to get to the different areas of interest. The roads exit the park and pass through small towns and become quite confusing.If you...

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  • Dec 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    On another business trip in the Cleveland area I discovered this new National Park. It has great hiking trails and lots of historical attractions like the Erie/Ohio Canal locks. The waterfalls were spectacular as well

 
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