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The 33,0000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park is home to amazing landmarks like the Everett Covered Bridge and Brandywine Falls. The Canal Exploration Center boasts seasonal lock demonstrations and hands-on canal exhibits. Between June and Labor Day, the exploration center is open from Thursday to Sunday during normal business hours. The Boston Mill Visitor Center is open year-round except for national holidays. While camping isn't permitted in the park, RVers can stay at the nearby Silver Springs Park or Streetsboro/Cleveland KOA. If you're looking for RV rentals near Cuyahoga Valley National Park, check out the selection in Cleveland, OH or Akron, OH.

If you’re driving to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, it’s important to note that the Boston Mill Visitor Center Main Lot is the only parking area with free designated oversized parking. Located across from the visitor center, this lot boasts six oversized spaces. The parking area is on the corner of Boston Mills Road and Riverview Road, less than three miles from Peninsula, OH. Other areas with RV parking options include the Canal Exploration Center and the Ledges. There are also sites designated for horse trailer use at Wetmore Trailhead and Everett Covered Bridge. Overnight RV parking is not permitted anywhere in the park. You're more likely to find RV parking sites during non-peak hours. Visit the official site for up-to-date Cuyahoga Valley National Park road closures and conditions.

Consider RVing to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to auto tour the 110-mile Ohio & Erie Canalway. It runs through four counties and almost 60 communities between Cleveland and New Philadelphia. Unless otherwise posted, oversized vehicles and motorhomes are prohibited on the park’s historic bridges.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Hiking Trails

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Hiking Trails

This park has more than 125 miles of hiking and nature trails. They range from easy to challenging and span several gorgeous habitats, from wetlands to oil fields. Hiking poles are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Boston Mill Visitor Center. The short and accessible Towpath Trail Walks are great for children or those with mobility concerns. One of the most popular hikes is the Blue Hen Falls, which starts near the visitor center.

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Things to do Outside Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Things to do Outside Cuyahoga Valley National Park

After touring the national park's beautiful landscape, you can explore the nearby Cleveland Metroparks, such as the Furnace Run Metro Park in Richfield. Spanning 24,000 acres, these lush reservations promise breathtaking views and endless hiking options. The Hale Farm & Village near Bath, OH is an outdoor living history museum that showcases the intricacies of the mid-19th century. Another popular spot is the outdoor Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. It boasts an on-site restaurant, art gallery, stage, and gardens.

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RV Resorts & Campsites near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

While you can't camp within the park, this RV guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park can help you find several nearby public and private camping options. Peak camping season in the area is between May and October. You'll have an easier time snagging deals and amenities during the off-season. On average, local campsites cost approximately $40 to $60 per night.

RV Resorts & Campsites near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Campgrounds Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

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How to get to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

How to get to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Akron-Canton Airport is 30 minutes away, while Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is only 25 minutes away. Both of these airports offer convenient car rentals and helpful trip-planning kiosks. The main routes into the park are via I-80, I-271 and I-77. If you're interested in riding a bus, head to the central Greyhound hub in Cleveland. This is one of the easiest ways into the park and takes less than a half hour.

The Ledges Trailhead is one of the most popular entrances for hikers. It's located at 405 Truxell Road in Peninsula, OH and is a major access point for the Virginia Kendall State Park Historic District. Brandywine Falls is another bustling entrance where visitors can see the stunning 60-foot waterfall. This site is at 8176 Brandywine Road in Sagamore, OH. From this landmark, you can access the 1.5-mile Stanford Trail and the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail. A complete list of the park's entrances can be found on their website.

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    Is Cuyahoga Valley National Park accessible for disabled visitors?

    Many of Cuyahoga Valley National Park's most popular sights are wheelchair accessible, including all visitor centers, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Everette Covered Bridge, Brandywine Falls, and several other trails. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad also has a car with a lift to allow wheelchairs.

    Are pets allowed at Cuyahoga Valley National Park?

    Yes, pets are allowed at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They can hike over 100 miles of trails and can come on the Towpath Trail as well. Pets may not be in park buildings or on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

    What are the top things to do in Cuyahoga Valley National Park?

    Some of the top things to do in Cuyahoga Valley National Park include checking out the visitor center and Canal Exploration Center. You can also ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, hike or bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, paddle on the river, and much more!

    Are there designated camping spots in Cuyahoga Valley National Park?

    No, there is no camping within the boundaries of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. However, there are several RV campgrounds nearby.

    What is the best time of year to visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park?

    The best time to visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park is during the fall. Summer crowds will be gone, and the many trees at the park create a showstopping display of fall colors.