Places to Go

Places to See at No Cost

Brandywine Falls — a very scenic and accessible waterfall. It is one of the highlights of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the most impressive waterfall in the Lake Erie Watershed.

Cuyahoga Valley Towpath — offers a variety of activities, from rugged backcountry hiking trails to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, a graded, 20-mile biking and hiking trail with crushed limestone along portions of it. It is a former stretch of the 308-mile (496-km) canal.

Lock 39 Trail — follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal on the same path that mules walked to tow canal boats loaded with goods and passengers.

Canal Visitor Center — operating lock demonstrations.

Thornburg Station — set between the Cuyahoga River and the Ohio & Erie Canal; a mixed-use complex with fine and casual dining, retail and offices.

Sandy and Beaver Canal Lock 38, Twelve Mile Lock and Redlock Trailhead

Lock 37 14-Mile Lock and Alexander’s Mill

Frazee House — depicts early settlement in the Western Reserve.

Lock 36 Pinery Lock — Pinery Dam and Feeder

Brecksville Station — Station Road Bridge

Lock 35 Whiskey Lock

Lock 34 Red Lock

Boston Store and Visitor Center — Museum devoted to the history of canal boat building.

Lock 31 Lonesome Lock

Deep Lock Quarry — Within Deep Lock Quarry lies Lock 28, which at 17 feet was the deepest lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal, and an old quarry from which blocks of Berea sandstone were cut for the canal locks and other local structures.

Lock 30 Woodlands Campground

Lock 29 Trailhead — see pieces of a canal lock.

Lock 28 Deep Lock and Quarry

Lock 27 Johnny Cake Lock

Hunt Farm Visitor Center — Exhibits about Cuyahoga agricultural past.

Indigo Lake Station

Beaver Marsh

Hocking Canal Lock 26 Pancake Lock

Ira Trailhead

Lock 25 Mudcatcher Lock

Lock 24 Niles Lock

Botzum Trailhead

F. A. Seiberling Naturealm

Laurens State Memorial, Bolivar — built in 1778 in an ill-fated campaign to attack the British at Detroit. Supplying this wilderness outpost was its downfall, as its starving garrison survived on boiled moccasins and withstood a month-long siege by British-led Indians. The fort was abandoned in 1779.

Lock 4 Park

Mill Creek Falls — 45-foot waterfall spawned early lumber and grain mills, vibrant during the Canal Era.

Mustill Store — CVNP’s showcase pieces. Located in their original site at Lock 15, these canal-era buildings are believed to have been built in the 1850s, although the exact date is unknown.


Visitor Centers

Boston Store Visitor Center
1548 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road, Peninsula. The exhibits tell the story of canal-boat building in the valley.

Canal Visitor Center
7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside Roads, Valley View. Information focuses on life along the canal and human history in the valley.

Frazee House
7733 Canal Road, 4 miles south of Rockside Road, Valley View. This house features exhibits relating to architectural styles, construction techniques, and the Frazee family.

Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center
2054 Bolanz Road, between Riverview and Akron Peninsula Roads. The exhibits highlight agricultural history and recreational opportunities in the valley.

Peninsula Depot Visitor Center
1630 Mill Street, off Akron Peninsula Road, north of SR 303, Peninsula. This is an information and orientation facility developed to help visitors explore CVNP, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Village of Peninsula and the Ohio & Erie Canalway.

Kendall Lake Winter Sports Center
1000 Truxell Road, 2 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. This facility offers the rental of winter equipment, as well as ski and snowshoe instruction. The center is open on the following dates when there is at least 4 inches of snow. It may be open additional days during heavy snowfall.


Places to See at a Cost

Blossom Music Center — summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, rock concerts, all other kinds of music located on 800 acres, with reserved pavilion seating of 5,000 and a lawn seating capacity of 13,500.

Boston Mills Ski Slopes — enjoy the Annual Boston Mills Art Festival in the summer.

Brecksville Nature Center

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad — Vintage engines and coaches built in the 1940s and 1950s. Northern terminal near Thornburg Station at 8111 Rockside Road, Valley View. Stops at Village of Peninsula, Hale Farm & Village, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron Zoo.

Hale Farm and Village — Western Reserve township, circa 1848, with artisans providing demonstrations of glass blowing, candlemaking, pottery and blacksmithinh.

Perkins Mansion Museum and John Brown House — Greek Revival Mansion Museum, built in 1837, was home of the famous abolitionist John Brown and includes displays that trace Brown’s life utilizing photographs, firearms from the period and a reconstruction of a canal boat captain’s quarters.

Porthouse Theatre — the premier summer outdoor theater in the area.

Village of Peninsula — located in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley, this historic canal village and artists community contains several galleries, shops, restaurants, a bike shop with rentals, and outstanding examples of 19th century architecture. A featured attraction is the 1886 Stick Style Boston Township Hall. Originally the community’s high school, today this historic landmark houses the Cuyahoga Valley Museum. It is operated by the Peninsula Library and Historical Society. Open weekends, noon to 5 p.m. The hall is also available for rentals.

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