Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Things To Do

Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers visitors many ways to enjoy the park. Whether you enjoy the parks many hikings 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.


Four major bicycle trails occur in and around the Cuyahoga Valley: the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Metro Parks' Bike & Hike Trail, and the All Purpose Trails in Brecksville and Bedford reservations. Recreational bicycling at CVNP is limited to those trails, as well as all roads and parking lots. Bicycling is prohibited on all other trails.

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
If anything says CVNP, it is the Towpath Trail, which follows the historic Ohio & Erie Canal route. Twenty miles of the trail occur in CVNP. The trail extends beyond the park into the Ohio & Erie Canalway. This fully accessible trail provides a delightful outing for people of all ages and abilities. There are picnic areas, restrooms, and train access points along the way.

The Metro Parks' Bike & Hike Trail
Nearly 16 miles of this trail border the park. Ideal for family bike rides, this asphalt trail is managed by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. A connector trail near Holzhauer Road south of SR 82 provides access to the Towpath Trail.

Cleveland Metroparks All Purpose Trails (Brecksville and Bedford)
Cleveland Metroparks provides over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the all purpose trails.

Scenic Train Rides

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates regular excursions throughout the year. Excursion choices include a round trip through the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park or explorer options where passengers can get off at Canal Visitor Center, the Village of Peninsula, or Akron to visit a separate attraction before returning by rail to their originating station.

Special event tours throughout the year include: Young at Heart (over 55+), Grape Escape Wine-Tasting Express, the new Ales on the Rails Beer-Tasting Train, A Day Out With Thomas™, The Little Engine That Could™, and The Polar Express™.

Voices in the Valley Audio Tour
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad invites you to immerse yourself in the stories and sounds of the Cuyahoga Valley through its audio tour, Voices of the Valley. Hear a young Emily Nash describe the challenges her parents faced on the Western Reserve frontier. Listen to African American canal boat captain John Malvin tell about his interactions with passengers. Learn how people have transformed the Cuyahoga River and its surrounding valley from an environment suffering from generations of neglect to one worthy of its national park designation. Collectively, the stories reveal the people, events, and natural processes that have shaped the landscape outside the train window.

Easy-to-use-headphones and a receiver are provided by CVSR and will be available for all daily excursion trips between Rockside and Akron Northside stations. Activated by state-of-the-art GPS technology, different stories are presented as the train travels north and south. A captioned version of the tour is available for passengers with hearing impairments. This audio tour was made possible through a grant from the National Park Service’s Alternative Transportation program.

Bike Aboard!
Bike the Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop on the train for a relaxing ride back to your car–or do it in reverse! The train can be flagged down at boarding stations by waving both arms. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the train’s scheduled arrival. Pay your fare when you board. One way: $2 per person ages 3 and up with bike. No guaranteed seats. This fee applies only to bicyclists. Bike Aboard! runs through April through October.

More Information
Contact CVSR at (800) 468-4070 or visit