Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Created By: Madisyn Harris

Introduction

Cuyahoga Valley was once roamed by big gigantic mammoth and bison. Now Cuyahoga Valley is a national park. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the most wonderful, historic, and fascinating parks ever. This park is one of the most beautiful parks in Brecksville, Ohio.

Site of Cuyahoga Valley

Between the years of 1972 and 2000, Cuyahoga Valley has once been born. Cuyahoga Valley, is the most beautiful national parks in the world. Cuyahoga Valley is located in Ohio. It was built in 1974 and established on October 11, 2000. Due to the math, Cuyahoga Valley is over 40 YEARS OLD. Cuyahoga Valley may sound big, but it is a very small park. Cuyahoga Valley is at least 33,000 acres long. As a result, Cuyahoga Valley is one national park you should go to.

Ohio & Erie Canal and the Towpath Trail

Since 1825 the Ohio & Erie Canal have been linked together. Now you can at Cuyahoga Valley's Towpath Trail. The Towpath Trail was built between 1825 and 1832. From the view point of the Towpath Trail you can also enjoy the beautiful site of forests, fields, and wetlands flanking the path as it winds its way through the Cuyahoga River Valley. Alongside the Towpath Trail is the Ohio & Erie Canal. By 1825, the plans of linking Lake Erie with the Ohio River were in progress. It took at least two years of hand digging to complete the Canal. Today, the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Towpath Trail are still standing together.
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Nature

Cuyahoga Valley has numerous species of trees, and its plentiful wildlife includes beavers, coyotes, white-tailed deer, etc. Over 900 plant species are found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as 194 species of birds, 91 aquatic macro-invertebrates, 43 species of fish, 32 species of mammals, 22 species of amphibians, and 20 species of reptiles. The park is approximately 80% of a mixed forest of trees, plants, and animals. Cuyahoga has one of the most wonderful nature sites in the state.

American Indians


Between the early years of 1600 and 1730, Cuyahoga Valley had been used mainly as a trade network or a transportation route for hunting. American Indian hunters armed with spears likely followed mammoth and other Ice Age animals into Cuyahoga Valley about 13,000 years ago, becoming the first people on the parks land. These American Indians didn't have permanent homes. The American Indians built mounds and tepees type of portable homes. These American Indians built portable homes for safety and to follow there predators wherever they shall roam. They lived off local land, hunting wild turkeys, elk, and bear. They fished and also gathered walnuts, berries, seeds, and other kind of plant foods. Now Cuyahoga Valley is a national park with fascinating history.

FUN FACTS

  • Did you know James A. Garfield the 20th president work as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal
  • Did you know that Cuyahoga Valley has more than 900 plant species and 400 animal species?