Hiking comes in great supply at this national park. They have over 125 miles of trails for you to explore and enjoy. Trails pass through many different scenic environments, including fields, wetlands, and woods. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to challenging. The most popular trail at the park is the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. This easy trail covers a distance of 19.5 miles, has a total of ten trail heads, and connects with many of the park's natural and historical attractions. This trail is almost entirely level which makes it the perfect trail for all visitors. Also available to hike is a section of Ohio's Buckeye Trail. The Buckeye Trail is a 1,400-mile trail that travels all over Ohio, and you can enjoy a part of it at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Some other trails available are the Brandywine Gorge Trail, the Plateau Trail, and the Bridal Veil Falls Trail. For a complete list of all Cuyahoga Valley National Park's hiking trails go to http://www.nps.gov/archive/cuva/planavisit/todo/recreation/hiking.htm
In addition to hiking, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers many other outdoor activities.
Feel free to take a bike ride on one of their designated bicycle trails. The Brecksville and Bedford Reservation All Purpose Trails, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and the Metro Parks' Hike & Bike Trail all are available for your bicycling pleasure.
You can also take a scenic train ride on the historic Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This railway offers you the joys of a train ride while viewing the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. You can also use the train to visit different locations throughout the park.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park also is an excellent place to enjoy a picnic. Whether you want to eat with the whole family or just a nice place for two, this park has what you need. The picnicking areas are spread throughout the park so you can enjoy your meal in just about any environment. The only sites that are available to reserve are the Ledges and Octagon Shelters; both these sites can be reserved for small fees. All other sites are first come, first served.
Horse lovers will enjoy the bridle trails offered by Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Riding is only permitted on the designated trails. You can choose from six different trails, including Riding Run Trail and Brecksville Reservation. The six trails range in length from 3 miles to 14.5 miles. Those wishing to ride must provide their own horses.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has numerous lakes and ponds in addition to the Cuyahoga River. (Note: Although many of these bodies of water are open to various recreational activities, currently many of these activities are discouraged due to poor water quality. For more information on the water quality at Cuyahoga Valley National Park visit http://www.nps.gov/archive/cuva/management/rmprojects/wquality.htm)
Another outdoor recreational opportunity you can enjoy at Cuyahoga Valley National Park is golf. All of the courses are neither federally owned nor operated. Listed below is the contact information for all six golf courses located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park:
Astorhurst Country Club
7000 Dunham Road
Walton Hills, OH 44146
(public & private)
Boston Hills Country Club
105 E. Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, OH 44262
Brandywine Golf Course
5555 Akron-Peninsula Road
Peninsula, OH 44262(330) 657-2525
Shawnee Hills Golf Course
18753 Egbert Road
Bedford, OH 44146
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course
9445 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
Enjoy your favorite winter sports at Kendall Lake Winter Sports Center. Activities offered range from sledding, to cross-country skiing, to ice skating. A ski patrol regularly patrols the area to ensure your safety. Rental for cross-country skis is also available. Costs are $15 per day, and $7.50 per half day. Skiing is only allowed when the snow is at least six inches deep. The Center requires either a valid driver's license or credit card as a deposit. Call (216) 524-1497 to register in advance for skiing lessons.