Cuyahoga Valley NP--Boston Store Towpath

Tips for Birding

Walk the Towpath Trail north and south of the Boston Store. Over 130 bird species have been reported from this area.

About this Location

Serving as the “front door” to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, new and returning visitors , local or from around the world are invited to explore the new exhibits, plan their CVNP adventure with advice from staff and uncover the history of Ohio’s only national park.

The center’s south room provides a geographic overview the park, with a 3D tactile tabletop model of the valley in the middle of the room, flanked by murals looking north and south toward Cleveland and Akron respectively. In this way, the center gives out-of-town visitors a more comprehensive overview of the Northeast Ohio region.

Boston Mill Visitor Center has a retail store/gift shop, featuring educational and interpretive merchandise and souvenirs to help visitors remember their experience.

Hours may vary seasonally.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Warning: All areas of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are prone to deer ticks from the early spring until late fall, so prepare accordingly before birding.

Restrooms at locations identified on Cuyahoga Valley National Park map. Most areas have non-flush toilets; there are flush toilets available at the Pine Hollow parking lot on Quick Road and the Virginia Kendall Lake lodge building.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Official Website, Cuyahoga Valley National Park website, Susan Carpenter, and Ohio Ornithological Society