Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) protects over 33,000 acres along the banks of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. CVNP combines cultural, historical, and natural resources and visitor activities in one setting. CVNP is managed by the National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The park is straddles two counties, Cuyahoga and Summit, and is surrounded by 15 cities, villages and townships; 7 school districts and 2 metropolitan park districts. The National Audubon Society has designated the river corridor through the National Park as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Lower Cuyahoga River Important Bird Area.
If you are visiting the area for the first time and want to watch birds, it can be a confusing place. There are 30 eBird hotspots in the park itself and that doesn’t count the metropolitan park district eBird hotspots which are scattered throughout the area. How can you decide where to go?
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park website has a helpful article, "Go Birding in the Cuyahoga Valley," listing 6 excellent bird watching locations in the park. Any (or all) of these locations are good places to go on a first visit to the area.
If you have a bit more time and want more variety, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Birding Drive provides driving directions and links to visiting 9 locations in the National Park.
Check these pages in this website:
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Lists all the eBird hotspots within the National Park.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Lower Cuyahoga River Important Bird Area
Lists all the eBird hotspots along the Lower Cuyahoga River within the National Park and metropolitan park districts.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has several locations where you can hike and do bird watching. Check these locations within the national park.
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Brandywine Falls
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Boston Run Trail
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Everett Rd. Covered Bridge Trails
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Ira Rd. Beaver Marsh
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Oak Hill Trails
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Ledges Trail and Octagon Shelter
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Station Rd. Towpath Trail (Summit Co.)
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Virginia Kendall Lake and Trails
Cuyahoga Valley NP--Wetmore Trails