Locks and Ledges: Ledges Trail Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Submitted by: Terry Tyson, A Hiking Fool and his Photo Log

Impressions: Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a unique mix of natural and historical attractions that makes it unlike many other parks in the system. It resides in a long, somewhat meandering northern Ohio valley that’s bordered by small to medium-sized communities and oft times crossed by Interstate Highways and township owned roads. This makes the park accessible from a number of entrance points but also makes it difficult at times to determine where the park begins and ends. But this aspect also makes the park worthy of a visit because it does offer so much diverse activity and ease of access.

If it could be described in just a few words they might be: Historical landmarks surrounded by hiking trails, streams and an occasional waterfall.

Tips:: Pack a lunch and cooler full of cold drinks since the park offers these in only a few places. Since many of the entrances aren’t marked by a proper gate, information on what to do and where to go should be researched before you arrive.


1. Canal Visitor Center: Historical exhibits, trains, locks and rangers.

2. Tow Path: Wide and flat, a perfect biking and walking path. Makes an all day ride if going from end to end.

3. Ledges Trail: Moderate loop hike that encompasses interesting exposed bedrock cliffs, narrow slots and caves. Kid-friendly.

Narrow Slot: Ledges Trail

A determined tree takes root in the rocks: Ledges Trail

Exposed Bedrock: Ledges Trail

Terry Tyson also had this to say: Although the park doesn’t offer the awe and wonderous sights of many of parks, it well worth a day or two to see if you’re in the area.