Located conveniently between Cleveland and Akron lies a fantastic community resource: Cuyahoga Valley. As an urban national park, Cuyahoga Valley replaces typical map-yielding tourists and RVers with locals working out and families hiking on the weekend, which was a welcomed treat when we visited here for four days.
During our time here, we instantly felt a sense of community value. We attended ranger programs, stopped by a farmer’s market, participated in a weekly fitness hike, and learned so much more about how volunteers shape the park into what it is and what it can provide to its surrounding locals.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Cuyahoga Valley: A Community Gem
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Hike the easy trail to Brandywine Falls
- Bike, walk, or take the train along the historic Towpath Trail
- Attend as many ranger programs as you can. Because this is an urban park, there were several to choose from
- Camp overnight along the Towpath Trail in one of several designated walk-in campsites
- Hike popular trails, like The Ledges, at off-peak times to avoid crowds
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.