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part ofCuyahoga Valley National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a destination for millions of visitors each year who enjoy hiking, riding the scenic railroad, biking and picnicking.

Whether you need an area large enough for a family reunion or just an intimate spot for two, Cuyahoga Valley is an ideal destination. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park. Two rustic shelters, Ledges and Octagon, are available for reservation in the Virginia Kendall Unit of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Natural Features:

The Cuyahoga River flows through the park for 22 miles, fed by more than 190 miles of perennial (permanent) and ephemeral (temporary) streams. The Beaver Marsh and other wetlands, many lined with cattails and dense patches of duckweed, provide a home for many of the park's reptiles and amphibians and help filter pollutants from the water.


With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone. Most shelter areas have open fields for games and nearby hiking trails.Visitors enjoy riding the scenic railroad, exploring the visitor centers, catching one of the summer concerts, attending one of the ranger-guided programs, biking the Towpath Trail or picnicking in one of the park's picnic shelters.


Cuyahoga Valley's two shelters are fully-accessible. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed them with American chestnut and locally quarried sandstone. The shelters are located near Ritchie Ledges, an area with approximately 2 miles of Sharon conglomerate stone cliffs about 30 feet tall. A large play field and hiking trails are available near each shelter.

Ledges Shelter accommodates up to 75 people. It has two fireplaces and eight picnic tables inside, as well as eight tables in the outside pavilion and a large grill.

Octagon Shelter accommodates up to 50 people. During the summer months its walls are removed; they are in place from about October 15 to May 1. Seven indoor picnic tables, two fireplaces and an outdoor grill are provided.

Both shelters have electricity for normal two-pronged household appliances such as coffee pots and crock pots. Drinking water is available at a drinking fountain from May 1 to September 15. Restrooms with flush toilets are available year-round.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit Brandywine Falls, the historic Boston Store Visitor Center, Ritchie Ledges, the Beaver Marsh and the Everett Road Covered Bridge. These are some of the more popular attractions in the park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Lights
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Trash Collection
  • Utility Sinks
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Spigot
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hotels
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Only the shelter and the large grill adjacent to the shelter are reservable; the fields, restrooms and picnic tables in the area are open to the public
  • Heaters and other large appliances are not permitted
  • Decoration of shelters must not alter the historic structures in any way, including damage from nails, tacks or tape
  • Firewood is provided; you may not bring additional firewood/kindling into the park
  • Catering trucks and guest vehicles are prohibited from using the service driveway; the gate cannot be opened for public use
  • Both shelters gates are closed at dusk until morning
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • A Special Use Permit is required for weddings outside the shelter
  • Ice Box Cave is closed year-round to all park visitors in an effort to slow the spread of White-Nose Syndrome. This emerging fungal disease has killed millions of bats in the US. The main method of transfer of the disease is by bat to bat transmission. Humans can also transport the fungal spores on their shoes, clothes and gear from contaminated sites to new sites. Please help protect our bats! Respect all posted trail restrictions and closed areas.
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.22056, -81.51667
41°13'14"N, 81°31'0"W

Ledges Shelter:

701 Truxell Road Boston Township, Peninsula, OH 44264

Octagon Shelter: 801 Truxell Road Boston Township, Peninsula, OH 44264

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Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville  OH  44141

Phone Number:

Information:  (330) 657-2752
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