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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Just a short drive from bustling crowds and built-up cities is a haven of woodland walks and gorgeous waterfalls. 

Stroll along trails of maple and oak trees past dramatic high-sided gorges at Cuyahoga National Park. Relax at leafy picnic spots beside the river and marvel at cascading waterfalls.

Head off along one of the forest paths beginning at the park’s visitor center. You will soon find yourself beneath a thick canopy of oak, birch and hemlock. Look for herons and ducks flying overhead and listen to the sound of water rushing along the winding river.

The park features 70 waterfalls that momentarily bring the gentle river to a crashing roar. Perhaps the most impressive of these is Brandywine Falls, which can be viewed from the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) trail of the same name. Climb the path up a short rugged hill to a lookout before descending into an impressive rocky gorge.

Elsewhere, walk sections of the Buckeye Trail which winds through the park and incorporates views of several sumptuous waterfalls. Pristine clear water plummets from a sandstone shelf at Blue Hen Falls while Bridal Veil Falls is a slanted rock surface that becomes particularly spectacular after heavy rain.

Reenergize with lunch at one of the picnic tables along the idyllic river before you grab your bike and enjoy a relaxing cycle along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Running beside the charming waterway, this completely flat route is a great option for families with young children. If your legs tire before finishing, flag down the train that has several boarding stations along the trail as part of the Bike Aboard! program.

Try the park’s two scavenger hunts: Earthcaching uses a GPS to locate geological formations and questing provides clues to find hidden natural treasures.

Cuyahoga National Park is in northeast Ohio, 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Cleveland and 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Akron. The park is open year-round and entry is free. Stop at the Boston Store Visitor Center near the park entrance for maps and information. Book guided walks and tours here as well.

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Hidden Gem in the Valley!
Hidden Gem in the Valley!
Peninsula, OH
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Situated on a river, this historic vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Peninsula Depot and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Boston Mills Ski ...

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"Super location, very easy to get to and the property would be beautiful in warm weather. the back deck would be a favorite of ours had the weather been warmer. The bedrooms were well appointed and very comfortable. We loved that each had their own bathroom. We enjoyed playing games on the large dining ..."…"

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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cleveland Macedonia
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cleveland Macedonia
3 out of 5
268 East Highland Rd, Macedonia, OH
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Fun 'n' Stuff and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Windmill Golf Center and Red ...

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"It was a pandemic era visit, so we were not able to enjoy the lovely hot tub and pool, or the breakfast. Everything was very clean and the staff were very helpful. They are pet friendly which is wonderful"…"

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Norwood Inn Hudson - Akron North
Norwood Inn Hudson - Akron North
3 out of 5
6625 Dean Memorial Parkway, Hudson, OH
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Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Brandywine Ski Resort, MGM Northfield Park, and Hudson Springs Park. Blossom Music ...

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"Our room had one used roll of toilet paper, one wash cloth that had 2 holes in it. I used the hairdryer and it started smoking! Bed linens were stained. Stains on carpet"…"

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Hidden Gem in the Valley!
Hidden Gem in the Valley!
Peninsula, OH
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cleveland Macedonia
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cleveland Macedonia
3 out of 5
268 East Highland Rd, Macedonia, OH
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
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Norwood Inn Hudson - Akron North
Norwood Inn Hudson - Akron North
3 out of 5
6625 Dean Memorial Parkway, Hudson, OH
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Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4742 Brecksville Rd, Richfield, OH
The price is CA $76 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Macedonia, OH
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Macedonia, OH
3 out of 5
7820 Capital Blvd, Macedonia, OH
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Baymont by Wyndham Boston Heights/hudson
Baymont by Wyndham Boston Heights/hudson
2.5 out of 5
6731 Industrial Parkway, 6731, Hudson, OH
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Knights Inn Macedonia
Knights Inn Macedonia
1.5 out of 5
240 East Highland Road, Macedonia, OH
The price is CA $59 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cleveland - Richfield
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cleveland - Richfield
2.5 out of 5
5171 Brecksville Road, Richfield, OH
The price is CA $103 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Super 8 by Wyndham Richfield Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Richfield Area
2 out of 5
4845 Brecksville Rd, Richfield, OH
The price is CA $49 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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