Located in northeastern Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a beautiful park that offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. One of the most popular activities in the park is hiking, with over 125 miles of hiking trails available for visitors to explore. As a park ranger, I’m happy to offer advice on the best trails to hike in the park. Here are my top
5 Best Trails:
Brandywine Gorge Trail
The Brandywine Gorge Trail is a moderate 1.5-mile loop trail that takes you through a beautiful forest and leads to the Brandywine Falls, which is a stunning 65-foot waterfall. The trail is well-maintained and offers great views of the park.
The Ledges Trail is a moderate 2.2-mile loop trail that takes you through stunning rock formations and offers great views of the park. The trail is known for its unique geology and is a must-see for anyone visiting the park.
The Towpath Trail is a relatively easy 20-mile trail that runs through the park and offers great views of the Cuyahoga River. This is a great option for those who want a longer hike or bike ride. The trail is flat and well-maintained, making it accessible to hikers of all skill levels.
Virginia Kendall Ledges Trail
The Virginia Kendall Ledges Trail is a moderate 1.7-mile loop trail that takes you through beautiful forests and offers stunning views of the surrounding area from the top of the ledges. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, making it a great option for those new to hiking.
The Buckeye Trail
The Buckeye Trail is a challenging 6-mile trail that takes you through a variety of terrains and offers great views of the park. This trail is best for experienced hikers who are looking for a challenge. The trail is not well-marked, so it’s important to bring a map and compass.
No matter which trail you choose to hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, remember to bring plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Additionally, make sure to stay on designated trails to protect the park’s delicate ecosystem. With its beautiful scenery and well-maintained trails, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a hiker’s paradise.