Formerly known as Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, this is one of America’s newest national parks, designated as such in October 2000. The name Cuyahoga comes from a Native American word that meant “crooked,” and refers to the course of the Cuyahoga River, which sweeps in a hundred-mile-long U in northeastern Ohio. Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves a 22-mile stretch of the river between Cleveland and Akron. The park is set in a picturesque landscape of forests, farmlands, and rolling hills. Among the highlights of the park are 125 miles of hiking trails, including the nearly 20-mile long Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail; Brandywine Falls, plunging 67 scenic feet; and myriad historical attractions. Visitors to the park can hike, bike, horseback-ride, canoe, bird- and mammal-watch, ice fish, cross country ski, golf, learn about canal history, and enjoys dozens of other pursuits in this popular and well-loved national park.
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