As you may already know, the National Park Service has recently released its top ten most visited parks for the year 2011. While many came as no surprise including Yellowstone, Yosemite and the frequently number one, Great Smoky Mountains, a lesser known park has made itself known in the ranks of the top last year. Hosting 2,161,185 visitors through its gates in 2011, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has joined the ranks as one of the most visited parks in the nation. Located in the state of Ohio in the midwest, we welcome you to come explore this national park and get to know a bit more about what makes this park so special.
About the Park
Located not far from the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park may be Ohio’s only national park, but offers so much it may leave you wishing for more. Featuring the Cuyahoga river, otherwise known as the crooked river, there are many forms of recreation for visitors to choose from including biking, hiking, train rides, horse trails, earthcaching, canoeing and kayaking, birdwatching, and even golfing.
With a history of human residency dating back 12000 years, the area is well known for all it has or has had to offer its residents. Vast resources and more made it a popular place for living and throughout the years, have made a large impact on the area, and not in a good way. Using, shaping and impacting the area, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a story of ecology, human impact and environmental and social movements in the area today.
Just the Facts
Designated a national recreation area on December 27, 1974
Made a national park in 2000
Includes around 33,000 acres
Mission – “The Park will manage the national park through creative leadership and development of partnerships that will enable full realization of the Park’s and Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway’s scenic, natural, historic, recreational, and educational values for the benefit of the community, the visiting public, and future generations”
Located within an hour of the greater Cleveland/Akron/Canton metro area
It includes over 250 historic structures
Offers 125 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails
Has 5 information and museum areas within the park
Home to many unique and special areas which have specific rules regarding them including the bat caves, it is important that you ask before you visit certain areas in the park to ensure you are doing your part to protect this valuable resource.
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