4 weekends in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

A post by Chris RowanA post by Anne JeffersonWe may have been a bit remiss in sharing it with the Internet, but we’ve been enjoying our weekends here in Ohio, as late summer has faded into autumn (or Fall, which even Chris admits is a nicely evocative name). Just down the road, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has been an ample source of scenery, hiking, and wildlife, and we’ve managed to make it over there each of the last four weekends. In mid-September, we hiked to the lovely Buttermilk Falls.

Buttermilk Falls in Cuyahoga National Park.

Buttermilk Falls, Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio. Photo: Chris Rowan, 2013

The following week, Anne led a class field trip to explore the processes that shape the Crooked River (aka, the Cuyahoga).

rocks and water in foreground, red covered bridge in background.

Everett Covered Bridge peeks out above Furnace Run in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 21 September 2013. This was one of three sites in the National Park where Anne’s Fluvial Processes class visited on their weekend field trip. Photo by A. Jefferson.

And last week saw another excursion to Beaver Marsh, a lovely spot we first explored last February.

Dead tree emerging from lilypad dotted water, with forest and gray sky in the background.

Beaver Marsh in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 29 September 2013. Photo by A. Jefferson

Sadly, this week our options were somewhat limited.

Gate with sign spanning road. Tree-lined parking lot in the background.

Towpath Trail parking in Peninsula, in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 5 October 2013. On a normal autumn weekend day, this lot would be full to capacity. Today it sat empty, with potential visitors gated out.

"Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed."

Close-up of the gate, 5 October 2013.

Things in this National Park are a bit more complicated than in others: you can’t just close the access roads because people live within its borders and some of the paths and land are owned by local regional park authorities. So we were able to visit the town of Peninsula inside the park borders (which is already seeing the effects of the shutdown) but a nice wander along the canal towpath was out. Hopefully, not all our autumn weekends will look like this.

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Comments (2)

  1. Lockwood says:

    The photos almost make me miss northern Ohio.

  2. F says:

    Well, there is always the Metropark system. :)