Back to Its Natural State: Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Explore 20,000 acres of wonder at Cuyahoga Valley, as you discover 300-million-year-old rock formations, waterfalls and the Ohio and Erie Canal, and experience historic city of Akron.
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Program No. 22363RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

With much of its 20,000 acres donated by the public or reclaimed from the rural landscape, Cuyahoga Valley is unique among National Parks. Come witness how one-time farmland became known as Beaver Marsh and how a sports stadium became a bird-watchers’ paradise. Explore the park’s natural wonders alongside local experts as you hike to the top of Brandywine Falls, discover 300-million-year-old rock formations and learn about travel and transportation via horse-drawn boats along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Plus, discover the region’s cultural story on a scenic excursion to Akron, where you’ll learn about historic architecture, homes and gardens.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Hiking and walking more than 2 miles daily over easy and moderate terrain. Stairs; getting on/off motor coach, train and canal boat.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike to Brandywine Falls to “read” its ancient rock formations and sediment layers.
  • Explore meadows and birch wood forests that were reclaimed from the urban landscape.
  • Learn the industrious story of Akron, whose nicknames include “City of Invention” and “Rubber City,” and visit the estate of one of the founders of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Featured Expert
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Jim Baron
Born and raised in Cleveland, Jim attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated with a degree in Sociology. A hobby of picture taking turned into a career in photography — he eventually started his own commercial photography business in Cleveland. He currently owns and works for Baron Photography and The Image Finders, Inc. His passion for photography has helped inspire him to explore the Cuyahoga Valley National Park various times going back thirty years before it was even a national park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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