Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Planning Your Visit

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 liking. Take a hike, ride the scenic railroad, explore the visitor centers, attend a concert, or bike the Towpath Trail. 


Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Akron-Canton Regional Airport offer many daily flights to the area.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park can be accessed by many different highways, including I-77, I-271, I-80 (Ohio Turnpike), and State Route 8. Park signs are visible from each of these freeways as you get close to the valley. For more details call (216) 524-1497 or (800) 445-9667.

Bus stations are located in downtown Cleveland and Akron.

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fees
Entrance to the park is free! While there is no official entrance fee at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we encourage all visitors to support the park through the Towpath Tag donation program.

Activity Fees
Cuyahoga Valley National Park charges admission to concerts and some additional programs.

Reservable Facilities
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has several facilities available for public rentals. In addition to the Ledges and Octagon Shelters in the Virginia Kendall Area, there are several wonderful facilities and meeting rooms that can accommodate a variety of activities. For reservations contact Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association at (330) 657-2909 ext. 119. For more information visit

Operating Hours & Seasons

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open every day. Some areas close at dusk. The remaining areas are open 24 hours. All visitor centers are closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

Spring Visitor Center Hours

Canal Visitor Center focuses on life along the canal and human history in the valley. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center has exhibits highlighting agricultural history and recreational opportunities in the valley. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Boston Store exhibits tell the story of canal-boat building in the valley. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

Peninsula Depot Visitor Center is an information/orientation facility developed to help visitors explore CVNP, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Village of Peninsula, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Open Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

Frazee House features exhibits relating to architectural styles, construction techniques, and the Frazee family. Closed until June 1, 2008.

Happy Days Lodge will function as a special events site only beginning January 1, 2008. The facility is available for rentals, concerts, lectures, and special activities. For reservations, call (330) 657-2909 ext. 119.


The park's primary visitor center, Canal Visitor Center, is accessible, as well as Boston Store, Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center, Frazee House, and Happy Days Lodge.

The 20-mile Towpath Trail is surfaced with crushed limestone and is fully accessible.


Pets must be restrained on a leash that is six feet or shorter in length on all park lands at all times. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted in park buildings.