The park is a refuge for flora and
fauna, gives a sense of times past, and provides recreation
and solitude for Ohio's residents and visitors.
A trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a diverse array of
activities. Whether you prefer attending ranger-guided programs or
exploring the park on your own, you can find something to your
Take a hike, ride the scenic railroad, explore the visitor
centers, attend a concert, or bike the Towpath Trail. Whatever your
preferences, the links above will guide you to additional
Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers visitors many ways to enjoy
the park. Whether you enjoy the parks many hiking trails on your
own, bring your family for a picnic along the shores of a pond, or
attend a ranger led program, CVNP can provide the ideal spot.
Scenic Train Ride
The history of trains in the Cuyahoga Valley stretches back more
than 100 years. In 1880, the Valley Railway began operations,
transporting coal to Cleveland, Akron, and Canton from the
Tuscarawas River Valley and providing passenger service along the
way. It became another way to escape the pressures of urban
industrial life, and leisure excursions were supplemented by the Guide
Book for the Tourist and Traveler over the Valley Railway!
After a decade of operation, the Valley Railway became part of
the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In the 20th century, competition
from automobiles, trucks, and buses caused the decline of both
freight and passenger service. Interest in the line was renewed in
1972 as a scenic excursion route and the Cuyahoga Valley
Preservation and Scenic Railway Association was born. Originally
known as the Cuyahoga Valley Line, the scenic railroad now operates
as Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR).
The CVSR is a private sector, volunteer supported, not-for-profit
501(c)(3) organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley
National Park and dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail
transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie
CVSR operates 12 months of the year, offering alternative
transportation in CVNP, as well as the popular Bike Aboard! service
allowing cyclists to bike the Towpath Trail in one direction and
ride the train in the other.
Park rangers are onboard the regularly scheduled excursions to
the Canal Visitor Center, the Canal-era Village of Peninsula, Akron,
and Canton. They provide interesting narration of the cultural and
natural history of the Cuyahoga River valley.
CVSR also presents special events throughout the year including:
"Grape Escape" wine-tasting trains, A Day Out With Thomas,
The Little Engine That Could, and The Polar Express. For more
information, call CVSR at (800) 468-4070.
Did You Know?
During the Great Depression, the "boys of Company 567" of
the Civilian Conservation Corps helped shape the landscape that
would later become Cuyahoga Valley National Park by constructing
buildings, playfields, and a lake, as well as planting over 100
acres of trees.