Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a destination for millions of visitors each year who enjoy hiking, riding the scenic railroad, biking and picnicking. Whether you need an area large enough for a family reunion or just an intimate spot for two, Cuyahoga Valley is an ideal destination. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park. Two rustic shelters, Ledges and Octagon, are available for reservation in the Virginia Kendall Unit of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Natural Features: The Cuyahoga River flows through the park for 22 miles, fed by more than 190 miles of perennial (permanent) and ephemeral (temporary) streams. The Beaver Marsh and other wetlands, many lined with cattails and dense patches of duckweed, provide a home for many of the parks reptiles and amphibians and help filter pollutants from the water. Recreation: With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone. Most shelter areas have open fields for games and nearby hiking trails.Visitors enjoy riding the scenic railroad, exploring the visitor centers, catching one of the summer concerts, attending one of the ranger-guided programs, biking the Towpath Trail or picnicking in one of the parks picnic shelters. Facilities: Cuyahoga Valleys two shelters are fully-accessible. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed them with American chestnut and locally quarried sandstone. The shelters are located near Ritchie Ledges, an area with approximately 2 miles of Sharon conglomerate stone cliffs about 30 feet tall. A large play field and hiking trails are available near each shelter. Ledges Shelter accommodates up to 75 people. It has two fireplaces and eight picnic tables inside, as well as eight tables in the outside pavilion and a large grill. Octagon Shelter accommodates up to 50 people. During the summer months its walls are removed; they are in place from about October 15 to May 1. Seven indoor picnic tables, two fireplaces and an outdoor grill are provided. Both shelters have electricity for normal two-pronged household appliances such as coffee pots and crock pots. Drinking water is available at a drinking fountain from May 1 to September 15. Restrooms with flush toilets are available year-round. Nearby Attractions: Visit Brandywine Falls, the historic Boston Store Visitor Center, Ritchie Ledges, the Beaver Marsh and the Everett Road Covered Bridge. These are some of the more popular attractions in the park.
I was expecting the trails to be harder…
But it was very relaxed and scenic. I took my dog and went about 5 miles. There’s plenty of parking, trails were not crowded, tons of access points and smaller trails to choose from. I wish there were more bathrooms along the trails. We could only access a toilet at the next town outlet/parking lot or a porta-John at a random park we found (we had to hike off the main trail to get to it). The people we ran into were all friendly. I will definitely be going back to explore more.
i’m here al the time!!! in fact i even work at the local ski resort Boston Mills. This place is wonderful and i’ve spent so much time here. i’m so lucky to live so close by. There’s endless things to do and so many waterfalls (hidden and public). This place is full of history and mystery. truly feels like home and is a wonderful place to camp!
Definitely had some cool views and hiking spots, but was overall underwhelming. Had a few waterfalls here and there, and is next to a cool town to explore. Good to see over one day but probably don’t need much more time than that.
This area is filled magnificent trails that you wouldn't believe are so close to a highly populated city. This is actually under the bridge that you take to enter the City of Akron. Lovely place to fish, hike, camp. paddle, or just relax for the day. The water is always flowing and there is a pretty neat dam right as you enter. If you get the chance take the time to visit.
The site was beautiful and serene! There are a total of three Backcountry sites along the same path, and we stayed at the third. It was easy to get there, and latrines and water fountain were available at Ottawa Picnic area maybe .3 miles from the site. We brought a tent and hammock and set both up to take in the gorgeous view as we were at the top of a large hill. Note: you need to get a permit (free) for these sites and park at either the Brecksville Nature Center or the Plateau Picnic area. We chose the nature center and it was about a 3.5 mile hike to campsite #3.
One of the most gorgeous places I’ve been!
We drove down to visit Cuyahoga from Michigan, and to be honest weren't expecting much. While the park does lack in some amenities for campers, it really is an unexpected bit of rocky wilderness. True, it's rare to feel very removed here, as most parts of the park are near to roadways and traffic sounds float through the trees, but the park itself is lovely. We especially enjoyed the ledges loop as it winds its way above and through some very unique rock formations.
The ledges loop is not difficult, with very little elevation change, just look out for tree roots! We also explored the falls and some other trails.
Overall i was very impressed with the park and will definitely be back!
Campsite was very clean and the trails were fun to hike. My kids enjoyed it! Beautiful scenery!
I’ll give you a run down on the bad first and then share the good. First off, these sites are shown as “backcountry” sites. In reality, you are less than 1/6 of a mile from the parking lot, and the campsites are right on top of each other in a field. You can hear the highway from your site. They get very very hot and humid , there is no shade and you do not get your own fire ring either, luckily we brought our camp stove for food! It was so hot though during the day that we left a day early. The bugs are absolutely terrible. Not really mosquitos, but wasps, and all kinds of flies and beetles. They do provide a porta-potty since there really isn’t any privacy for bathroom needs outside, and it was so gross/unserviced I would walk the 1.2 miles to the visitor center in the morning instead . All of this being said , there are a lot of beautiful things to see here. If I lived closer I would be coming here often to hike, but not to camp. The ledges were incredible, the waterfalls were stunning, and there are just some great trails to enjoy and history to feel and learn about.
Use care when packing to camp here, for heat/humidity, bugs, sun, and food.
Cuyahoga Valley national park is a lovely park outside of Cleveland. This campsite was a little confusing about where we were allowed to park and for the price we paid for the site (15 or 20) there weren't any amenities. After a big rain, a lot of the sites had some serious puddles making pitching a tent difficult. A plus of the site was that it's right at the beginning of the Stanford trail to Brandywine falls, the nicest feature in the park in my opinion.