Cuyahoga Valley National Park /Ohio Buckeye Trail
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park - The top 5 things to do
There are plenty of things to do inside Cuyahoga Valley National Park. See what you think of these 5 favorite activities.
Hiking the Virginia Kendall Ledges:
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad:
Biking the Towpath Trail:
2020 Update: The park will no longer offer camping behind the Stanford House. You can, however, camp inside national park boundaries within the Brecksville Reservation at the Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Sites:
Look to the bottom of this page for maps of the park:
More info in my article on cleveland.com:
Thank you to the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University for creating Chinese subtitles for this video!
I hope you have many good experiences at Ohio's only National Park!
- John Pana
Hiking the Buckeye Trail to Deer Lick Cave | Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
The Buckeye Trail is a 1400 mile loop around the state of Ohio that passes through many local, state, and national parks and forests.
This video features a section of the Buckeye Trail that runs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The hike begins at the Jaite Trailhead off of Vaughn Road and ends at Brecksville Station, in Brecksville Reservation, a popular recreational site that provides access to the Cuyahoga River, Ohio & Erie Canal, Towpath, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and serves as a stop for the Scenic Railway.
This section of the Buckeye Trail is a challenging hike, consisting of many steep climbs and descents, and several creek crossings.
The highlight of the hike is the section of the Buckeye Trail that overlaps with the Deer Lick Cave Loop in Brecksville Reservation. The cave, adjacent ledges, streams, and surrounding forest provide a scenic, relaxing environment.
Hike route, via Google Maps:
For more information on the Buckeye Trail, visit the Buckeye Trail Association site:
Map (pdf) of the northern section of the Buckeye Trail that passes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, courtesy of the National Parks Service:
Another video featuring Deer Lick Cave:
Catch you on the trails!
Overnight Backpacking in Cleveland Ohio? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! BRECKSVILLE RESERVATION!
Join Timmy and The Restless One as they visit the Brecksville Metroparks for the GRAND OPENING of overnight backpacking in Cleveland Ohio! Special thanks to Belinda and Rachel for the wealth of information provided! Also, thanks to the Cleveland Metroparks for making this possible! We always have loved and cherished what many of us consider a true gem in Cleveland with all that the Metroparks have to offer!
To obtain a permit for the overnight backpacking site, please visit
or call 216.635.3304
Please also visit clevelandmetroparks.com
We also want to thank all the volunteers who work and maintain
The Buckeye Trail! Another true gem in the state of Ohio!
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Thanks again for watching!
-The Restless One
5 scenic hiking trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
These trail loops are great starting points when you’re exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which has over 125 miles of hiking trails. In this video we’ll explore:
Boston Run Trail:
Brandywine Gorge Trail:
Salt Run Trail:
Oak Hill Trail:
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is between Cleveland and Akron, and there are dozens of hiking trails to explore.
The links above include trail maps and directions to find the trailheads. There are dozens of hiking trails inside the national park. Please let me know some of your favorite trails in the comments below. - John
Hiking Furnace Run & Everett Covered Bridge | Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
The two-mile long Furnace Run trail, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, provides a challenging hike through a hilly forest near Furnace Run. The trail is rated as moderate to difficult, due to the 260 feet of elevation gain, steep grades a times, as well as stretches with loose rock and exposed roots.
The hike featured in this video takes the Furnace Run trail in a counter-clockwise direction, ascending the 90+ stairs to the top of Oak Hill, crosses Oak Hill Road, and then descends towards Furnace Run on the Loop trail. After a brief rest along the creek, it follows the steep ascent to finish the loop, and heads back to the trail head near the serene and picturesque scene at Everett Covered Bridge.
For a map (pdf) of the Furnace Run trail, courtesy of the National Parks Service, visit:
For information about Everett Covered Bridge, visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park site:
Trailhead Location, via Google Maps:
Ohio Hiking: CVNP Brecksville
Hiking up/down to My Mountain overlook in the Cuyahoga National Valley Park.
Drive thru (southbound) Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio
Driving Around Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
This drive begins at the A Christmas Story house in the Cleveland area, then briefly touches OH-176, I-480, and I-77, before turning into Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I've added captions to explain where I'm at inside the park, since the roads get a bit confusing.
Hiking Hell Hollow | Lake Metroparks | Thompson, OH
Hell Hollow Wilderness Area is situated in Lake County, featuring several waterfalls along Paine Creek and its tributaries. There are no dedicated trails after descending the 262 step staircase into the valley. This offers a more rugged hiking experience: one can follow several well-worn paths taken by other hikers, or explore some of the remote areas of the Wilderness Area.
This video features three falls that can be found in Hell Hollow: Angel Falls, an incredibly scenic 20-foot falls, and a smaller falls (we called it the Little Niagara) in a remote section of the Wilderness Area. Not featured is Secret Falls, and a 30-foot unnamed falls.
For more information about the waterfalls, visit:
Trailhead Location, via Google Maps:
Ohio: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga river between Akron and Cleveland in northeast Ohio, designated as a national park in 2000.
The park follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Before the canal was built, Ohio was a sparsely settled wilderness where travel was difficult and getting crops to market was nearly impossible. The canal, built between 1825 and 1832, provided a successful transportation route from Cleveland, on Lake Erie, to Portsmouth, on the Ohio River. The canal opened up Ohio to the rest of the settled eastern United States.
Canal Exploration Center in the park has a restored Ohio & Erie Canal Lock and free demonstrations on how the locks work.
The Brandywine Falls is among the most popular attractions in the park.
A combination of boardwalk and steps brings into the waterfall's gorge and lets one view the waterfall head-on.
Hiking Gorge Metropark | Summit Metroparks | Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Gorge Metropark, situated between the border of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, OH, is jam-packed with awesome features, history and incredible scenery. Despite being surrounded by urban development, the Gorge can make its visitors feel as if they're miles from the city.
The park's 1.8 mile Gorge Trail takes hikers along the Cuyahoga River, to an overlook of the Gorge Dam, through two caves, beside towering ledges, and through several slot formations.
The dam, constructed in the early 1900's as a means of generating power, is slated for removal in the coming years. The removal of the dam is intended to improve the health of the Cuyahoga river. Moreover, its removal will expose the Cuyahoga Falls, which have been under water since the construction of the dam.
The Gorge is also home to Mary Campbell Cave, also known as Old Maid's Kitchen. In the mid-1700's, a young girl named Mary Campbell was captured by members of the Delaware tribe. Legend has it that she was first brought to the cave, and lived with in a Native American settlement nearby, until being released several years later, after the French and Indian War.
Several of the rock formations have dates carved into them dating back to the late 1800's, when the Gorge was a tourist destination for people all over.
The Gorge Trail hits most of the noteworthy features of the park. Do note expect an easy hike, however. With the exception of the trail leading to the boardwalk for the dam overlook, the terrain is root and rock-filled, often uneven, and has steep climbs and descents.
For more information about the Gorge Metropark, visit Summit Metroparks page:
For a map (pdf) of the Gorge Metropark, courtesy of Summit Metroparks, visit:
For more information regarding the history and removal of the Gorge dam, visit:
For more information regarding Mary Campbell Cave, visit:
Trailhead location, via Google Maps:
Natman blue tracker explore the cuyahoga valley
We discovered the hike bike trail to a horse trail to the creek bed trail we enjoy the day hiking of 4 miles
Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Waterfalls and Hiking!!!!
On this episode there is a beautiful waterfall and a couple of awesome hikes. This was our first return trip to a National Park. This park is not too far from Cleveland, Ohio but you would never know it while your visiting!!!
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Part One): The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Discover the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by walking, running or bicycling on the Towpath Trail of the Ohio & Erie Canal. You’ll be traveling on the same historical path that mules used to tow the canal boats. There’s plenty to see along the way!
Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Discover the story of Ohio's only national park in Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Generations tells the story of the park's natural wonders and the people whose lives have crossed its many paths. Visit the companion website at Produced in 2009.
Camping in the Cleveland Metroparks' backcountry campsites
You can camp in the Cleveland Metroparks at the Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Sites. This is a primitive campground in the Brecksville Reservation with 3 reservable spots. There's a quarter mile hike through the woods from the Ottawa Point picnic shelter to get to the sites. It's directly on the Buckeye Trail, so it's perfect for through-hikers as well. It is currently one of only two camping options inside Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
In this video we'll tour the sites and take a quick look at a Backpacking Basics overnight trip that the Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Recreation staff put on.
More information on using these backcountry sites in the Metroparks can be found here:
I'm thrilled that camping is now an option in the Cleveland Metroparks and I hope you get to take advantage of it soon. - John
Week of Hiking and Biking in Cuyahoga Valley Socks's photos around Streetsboro, United States
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Autumn 2018 Hike
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park in near peak fall foliage. Autumn 2018. Buckeye Trail section between Snowville Road and Brecksville.
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