CVNP, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad back in operation

1:28 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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PENINSULA -- The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is reopen for business now that the government shutdown has ended.

The park says all facilities and trails are open.  This includes the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

"We are excited to be back at work and welcome visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park," said Acting Superintendent Paul Stoehr. "Autumn colors have peaked this week and now is a perfect time to experience nature's beauty in your national park."

The reopening is welcome news not just for the park but the surrounding businesses that rely on it.

This is a peak time for visitors because of the interest in the fall foliage.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad also getting back on track with the reopening of the park.

The train's fall foliage trips are big sellers. The railroad estimated it lost an estimated $12,000 to $15,000 per day during the shutdown.

The CVSR makes regular fall excursions Wednesdays through Sunday in October and on weekends in November.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park Boston Store Visitor Center is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All fall programs and events will continue as previously scheduled and include the following:

Thursday, October 17
Moon Mingle
Hang out by the lake, enjoying the glow of moonlight and campfire. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Kendall Lake Shelter, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, October 18
Fall Family Fishing Day
Drop in for a free day of fishing fun! Fishing poles and bait provided, or bring your own. Pack lunches and drinks. For ages 7 and older. Horseshoe Pond, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Campfire Tales: Share Your National Park Experience
National park adventures have long captivated the American public. Join a park ranger as we share stories of times spent in these amazing places. Ledges Shelter, 7 - 9 p.m.

Full Moon Hike
Explore your national park by the light of a full moon on a 3-mile hike on the flat Towpath Trail. Wheelchair accessible. Station Road Bridge Trailhead, 7 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 19
Bird Watching: October Birds
Find southbound migrating birds in the lowland forests along the Cuyahoga River. Red Lock Trailhead, 8 - 10 a.m.

National Fossil Day
Join a fossil-hunting expedition for young and old, exploring the rocks of Furnace Run. Wear shoes that can get wet. Everett Road Covered Bridge, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

20/20 Towpath Celebration Ride
Commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Towpath Trail grand opening with a comfortable train ride, followed by a ranger-led, 20-mile bicycle ride. Bring a bike, helmet, extra inner tube, and light snack. Fee: $3. Rockside Station, 12:15 - 5 p.m.

Hang Out at Hunt
Stop by to explore Ohio fossils. Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center, 1 - 3 p.m.
Ghost Walk
On this 1-mile lantern hike, our costumed characters bring Ohio's past to life with tales of love and despair, joy and grief, and kindness and horror. Hikes depart every 30 minutes. Kendall Lake Shelter, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 6
Hiking the Hills
Tackle the challenging Buckeye Trail with a 7.5-mile hike. NPS Park Headquarters,
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hang Out at Hunt
Stop by to enjoy activities for the entire family. Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center, 1 - 3 p.m.

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