Cuyahoga Valley NP--Brookside Rd. Marsh

About this Location

To visit the Brookside Road Marsh, park at the small gravel pull-off where Brookside Road meets Riverview Road and walk towards the marsh. Another access point is to the south along Canal Road just south of Pleasant Valley Road. There is a traffic signal for Fitzwater Road near the Wilson Feed Mill. Take Fitzwater Road west. You will cross a bridge over the canal, cross the Towpath Trail and then go over a bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River.

From the parking area walk west along the road to the railroad tracks. There is a dirt and gravel maintenance road for safe birding leading north along the tracks that lead to the marsh. Be sure to search for birds on both sides of the maintenance road along the way as there are woodlands on one side and marshy fields on the other.

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.

Content from Cuyahoga Valley National Park website, Ken Andrews, and Ohio Ornithological Society