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Best Trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

194 reviews

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This park along the Cuyahoga River has waterfalls, hills, trails, and displays about early rural living. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail follows the Ohio and Erie Canal, where mules towed canal boats. The park has numerous historic homes, bridges, and structures.

on Old Carriage Trail
3 days ago

I started at Red lock trailhead. trail was good bridges are out so be careful a lot of dangerous terrain if you are looking to detour. Probably not best for people without hiking experience.

on Plateau Trail
3 days ago

hiking

Lovely hike through mostly wooded areas. Bring bug spray during the summer months.

on Plateau Trail
5 days ago

hiking

Nice simple hike. One LONG STEEP down hill then just a couple of pretty easy rises. Nice to mix with oak hill trail if you want to shorten it a bit (or take oak hill and lengthen a bit.

on Twin Sister Falls Trail
5 days ago

hiking

Visited in the beginning of August. There was no water from the falls or in the river/creek, so I was able to hike up the river bed. Had to climb over/under a few fallen trees, but otherwise the hike wasn't too difficult. However, if there was water flowing, I imagine it would be difficult as I didn't see much of a clear path along the water. I'd like to check it out again when there's water.
It is somewhat difficult to find. Clicking "directions" via google maps takes you to the parking lot of one of the train stations, located near the intersection of Riverview Rd and Valley Pkway. From there, walk down the path toward and past the big bridge overhead (Rt 82). On the right, you will come to the Mudcatcher info sign. This is where you cross the stream and start the hike.

on Plateau Trail
18 days ago

hiking

Rather flat but long trail that has two small ponds. Most of the trail is in the woods and is shaded. Beautiful pines line parts of the trail. Good running trail and dog friendly. Makes for a nice long walk.

on Blue Hen Falls
19 days ago

Go past Blue Hen and your reward is Buttermilk Falls. Beautiful shimmer off the waterfall on a sunny day. Moderate traffic and easy to navigate. Make sure you continue down the hill to below the falls to get the best view.

on Brandywine Gorge Trail
19 days ago

hiking

What a beautiful hike this is! The falls were beautiful and the observation decks were a wonderful break from our hike. We really enjoyed the gravel trails, but there's a lot of loose slate and stone and it could pose a slipping risk for kids and even some adults. A lot of tree roots going over the trail and some larger rocks too. I will add this to one of my regular hikes just because it was awesome to be out in the woods right by the river enjoying a beautiful Ohio day.

on Twin Sister Falls Trail
24 days ago

hiking

Adventurous and full of obstacles. The river was dry so there wasn't a waterfall but it was still beautiful! Can't wait to go back after we have some good rain.

on Kendall Lake Loop
25 days ago

This is a gorgeous trail. We started this trail and cut off to Salt Run Trail Loop. After the loop, we finished up Lake Trail. Watch out for the downed tree across the trail.

on Ohio and Erie Canal Towpa...
26 days ago

road biking

Great trail for biking, walking and running. The trail follows the CVNP train and has many places you can stop along side of the trail such as, the beaver marsh, Szalays farm market, Boston mills visitor center and several other locations. It's one of the greatest assets the CVNP has to offer!

on Stanford House to Brandyw...
26 days ago

hiking

Great hike! Stairs and hills are included in this hike. Brandywine falls is a great spot in the CVNP year around.

on Kendall Lake Loop
29 days ago

My favorite place to go when I'm on break at work or just stressed

on Ohio and Erie Canal Towpa...
29 days ago

I do enjoy this trail but some parts u hear lots of noisy traffic that's not so relaxing . Awesome trail for biking in the fall it's so beautiful I love to take my daughter on my bike

on Twin Sister Falls Trail
1 month ago

hiking

The trail is hard to find. No signs. Thankfully from other reviews we found the entrance. Enter by the Mud Catcher and cross the creek. The creek to the falls was dry but still a fun hike. You must be able to climb over and under trees with unstable footing but nothing dangerous.

on Old Carriage Trail
1 month ago

couldn't find the trail!! the directions were not correct, proceed with caution!

on Blue Hen Falls
1 month ago

hiking

I returned and did the hike to Buttermilk Falls (past the sign the says the trail ends). Loved it! The trail to Blue Hen Falls is easy (but with a hill) but the trail to Buttermilk Falls is more challenging with some stream crossings, downed trees, etc. Great time! Crowded at Blue Hen on the weekend, but the unmarked trail not so much.