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Last Update : 2008/6/20
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To be honest, I have no idea how this place got upgraded to National Park designation. According to NPS site, it was a National Recreation Area since 1974 and National Park since 2000. I would say that it is more like a recreation area than national park. However, earning the national park designation must have benifited the park with more federal budget. The park has 4 visitor centers. All of them close at 4:00 PM and only one visitor center (Canal Visitor Center) opens 7 days a week. We tried hard to locate them by the map but ran out of luck with the fourth one. When trying to find the Peninsula Depot visitor center we asked the shopkeepers nearby and none knew that it was just next door. Fortunately we saw a park ranger passing by and got the information we needed.

"Shops ?" you asked. Yes, and there is even a full golf course inside the national park.

I really don't know how to describe this park. We took a short walk along the Towpath Trail nearby the Peninsula Depot/Lock 29 as well as Boston Store and we have also driven along the scenic drive. My impression from a half-day visit was that the canal is not as beautiful as the Raritan Canal nearby Princeton, New Jersey and the country scene is probably just as good as some small towns in New England.

Got the picture ? I feel lucky that we were just passing by this park.
Location: Ohio, USA North

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Park Summary
Park Rating
Overall
Rating : 3  (2 votes)
Convenience
Rating : 4.5  (2 votes)
Physical Demand
Rating : 2  (2 votes)
Family Activity
Rating : 4.5  (2 votes)
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Park Geography

Nearby City(Definition of Driving Distance and Time)
City, StateDistanceDrive Time
Cleveland, OH16 miles0:17
Detroit, MI180 miles2:45
Chicago, IL350 miles5:15
Washington, DC360 miles5:25
New York, NY461 miles7:05
Nashville, TN515 miles8:00
Columbia, SC600 miles9:30
Boston, MA663 miles9:30
Minneapolis, MN755 miles10:55
Little Rock, AR890 miles12:00
Bismarck, ND1190 miles17:00
Nearby National Park(Definition of Driving Distance and Time)
National ParkDistanceDrive Time
Fort McHenry374 miles5:32
Shenandoah378 miles7:02
Mammoth443 miles6:57
Smoky Mountain551 miles8:38
Congaree605 miles9:42
Fort Pulaski764 miles12:38
Isle Royale787 miles14:00
Acadia918 miles13:26
Hot Springs986 miles13:47
Voyageurs1036 miles16:12
Badlands1233 miles17:39
Biscayne1238 miles19:31
National Park Service Website
http://www.nps.gov/cuva
Weather Forecast
Monthly AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperature (ºF)272937495968737164544332
High Temperature (ºF)343646586979838174635038
Low Temperature (ºF)192128384858626154443525
Precipitation (inches)2.62.333.43.53.53.63.43.22.63.22.9
Snowfall (inches)12.612.310.62.30.100000.6511.9
Rainy Days161415141311101010111516
Activity Suggestion
Hiking and bicycling are the most popuklar activities in the park. It is very comfortable walking along the street or trail. The best thing to do here is probably bicycling along the Towpath Trail. You can rent bikes from the shops nearby Peninsula Depot if you don't carry your own. This link has Information about Towpath Trail

Another activity recommended by locals is riding on the scenic railroad, although I do doubt whether you can see more than driving. We didn't try but here is a link you can get information about Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
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