Exploring Cuyahoga Valley Train and Hike

Exploring Cuyahoga Valley Train and Hike

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor and Founder The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Admin Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

(Article in partnership with Columbus Wired)

Life is short. Never miss a moment.

That is an understatement when it comes to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, as well its long time companion; Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

A more in depth look at key points will be shared towards the end with our partner site, Columbus Wired.

Here are 5 great tips of how to enjoy the best of railroad and its host, the National Park

1.Plan ahead!

During the year, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has many specialty rides and themed trips. Buy your tickets ahead at www.cvsr.org or call their ticket office during regular business hours at 1-800-468-4070 (Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST) You can also contact them via their contact page at
https://www.cvsr.org/contact/ for any special needs or group sales.

Why do I impress this fact?

For the 1st time in several years; my family never got ride the train. The ticket office and the assistant conductor attempted to see if any seats were left. There were not. But, being in the time of peak fall colors; Dad should have ordered on line weeks ahead.

2. Explore the Park and Surrounding Communities.

With the rebirth of Akron’s Northside community and downtown,all the towns along the Cuyahoga River and the park lands. There is plenty to do off the train.

Again, at the end of this article; a link from Columbus Wired for our CVNP adventure from late October 2019.

3. Dress for the season.

The Cuyahoga Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in Ohio. But, it’s Ohio and the weather can turn in an instant. Whether it be a Ales and Rails with your special someone or a trip with the kids; dress for the weather. Have back up clothes and coats; just in case.

4. Enjoy both the train ride and the park. Do not rush!

The scenery is breathtaking. The park with many of its smaller park areas, visitor centers and historical sites has a bit of everything.

Try to have a tentative guideline but don’t be strict to it.

5. Eat and snack well; you will burn off the fuel.

Trail Mix; the Conservancy of the CVNP has several many snack bars and gift shops along the Ohio and Erie Towpath. There are many great restaurants in and around the park.

Our personal favorite for “Base Camp” is Peninsula. The main customer service office for the CVSR is in town. Fisher’s Pub is not far from there.

Pack some snacks in the vehicle, water bottles, walking sticks and properly maintained bikes if bicycling.

Again, a more depth of our exploration via failed train ride is in the article below.

Enjoy what the Cuyahoga Valley has to offer. You never know what you will discover.


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