Cuyahoga Valley NP--Canal Exploration Center

About this Location

The park’s newest attraction was once used as a tavern, a general store, a residence, and a park visitor center. This historic building now features in-depth, interactive Canal Era exhibits for children and adults.

  • Spring: Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Summer: Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fall: Wednesday through Sundays in September and October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays in November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Winter: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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.

Notable Trails

The Canal Exploration Center is on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Content from Cuyahoga Valley National Park website and Ohio Ornithological Society