BRECKSVILLE -- The government shutdown has forced the closure of all 401 national parks, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The shutdown means all facilities including visitor centers, restrooms, and trails (including the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trial) will be closed until the government reopens.
The CVNP chief ranger says park visitors staying in the Stanford Backcountry Camping Area will have until 6 p.m. on October 3 to make travel arrangements and leave the park.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will not operate during the shutdown. Each day a decision will be made at 3 p.m. if the next day's trains will be canceled. The CVNP says tickets for the Polar Express are still on sale. Check www.cvsr.com for more details.
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will continue to hold programs at the Environmental Education Center through a cooperative agreement with the NPS. The Heritage Series will continue at Happy Days Lodge under a new lease agreement. Trail Mix Boston and Trail Mix Peninsula remain open since they are on private property. Go to www.conservanceforcvnp.org for more details.