"A Day Trip in hope of a nice hike" Top 5 Page for this destination Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area by abi_maha

CVNP- deer, birds, a train ride and a good getaway

Well, we were hoping to get there a little earlier however a series of events led us to get to the park only by 12:30 p.m !! However that still meant we had 8 hours ahead of us. We headed to the head quarters only to learn that it is CLOSED on weekends, so if any of you are going to do the same, I'd suggest head straight to a visitor's center.
Cuyahoga National Park- Cuyahoga is the name of the river that flows thru this park, it was named thus by the American Indians and 'Cuyahoga' means crooked river, refering to the serpentine path this river takes. this park has a history- it makes one realise that if citizens and political people come together one can preserve and restore nature and scenery closer home. This was established as a recreational area in 1974 and later went on to become a national park. I am not too sure on the difference between the two though...?
We made our way to theBoston Store vistor center, the ranger there helped us get to Peninsula Depot Center, that's where we'd heard you get to rent bikes! The plan was to bike up one way and catch the train back to Peninsula Depot. However we realised the next north bound train was only at 3! So we decided to undertake a quick jaunt to the Brandywine Falls. A quick trek lead us right up to the waterfalls, and we got even closer for some good pics of the falls. Then we headed back to the Peninsula Depot.

A Scenic Train Ride

Walking up to the only bicycle renter there- Century bicycles, we felt a little bad to be rudely ticked off by the vendor, even as we aksed him for some information he acted pricey, so we walked off w/o renting any bikes! Bought tickets to the scenic train ride instead, had a lovely ride on the same uo south and while heading north we got off at Indigo Lake and then took the Towpath Trail back to Peninsula Depot thus ensuring we had our share of hiking as well in this trip!

The 4 mile hike

This hike took us thru some scenic meadows and woods and brought back memories of trekking in K'taka for us. We reached the Peninsula just before it got dark and soon headed back home

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot of greenery, hikes and biking trails
  • Cons:Food and water to drink are scarce
  • In a nutshell:A good weekend getaway from Columbus
  • Last visit to Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Apr 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    A shame that Century Cycles was rude...a bike ride on the towpath is the best way to see the park. There are also little shops along towpath to stop for snacks and drinks! Great tips!

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    Nov 16, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    A very well preserved place! Your description is just like reading a book of Kipling. You can be a good Jungle writer! just try it one, believe me..


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