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Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Just a short drive from Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. This National Park is famous for its unique flora and fauna, and provides both solitude and adventure for visitors. Earlier known as the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, the park has some excellent opportunities for fishing and swimming.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is different from the traditional idea of a national park. The most noteworthy feature of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nearby attractions include the Lake Erie islands and Kelleys Island. These places are some of the most picturesque in this region. Tourists come here to swim on the sandy beaches, watch birds and hike through some amazing trails.
The other important feature of the park is the Towpath Trail. This trail, which is composed of crushed limestone, is built along the route once used by the horses and mules which pulled the canal boats. The Towpath Trail runs through dramatic landscape, which includes dense forests of oaks, elms, cedars and maples.
A few miles south of town off Riverview Road, the sprawling Hale Farm and Village brings to life the fictional 1848 Ohio township of Wheatfield, complete with good natured role-playing townsfolk and artisans who demonstrate skills like brick making and glass blowing. Visitors to this park must witness this spectacle, even if it means spending some extra time.