Address: 27 Ridge St, Akron, OH 44308
For centuries, the trail of the Cuyahoga River and Valley in Ohio has been used by Indians to transport themselves from the north to the southern part of the land. Later on, the trail served as a path for early settlers to move goods and people through the area.
The first steam engine used the Valley Railway to transport coal in 1880. This paved way for easier and much quicker transportation of goods in those times, serving farmers, merchants and factories located along its route. This was considered a great achievement in those times as it made it easier to trade and was therefore instrumental in the progress of Cuyahoga Valley.
The railway continued to carry goods and passengers until the 1960s, when it started became apparent that people are more likely to use automobiles as a way of transportation than trains. The freight train service lasted a few decades more and then it too stopped its operation in 1985.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad of today is managed and owned by the National Park Service. As it played a huge role in the history and progress of Cuyahoga Valley, efforts are continuously being made to preserve the site. Efforts have also been made to educate the current generation about its significance in the area and they have developed an excursion program for those who wish to participate.
Visitors can sit back and enjoy the train ride as they pass through meadows, marshes, rivers, ravines and take a peek of the wildlife thriving within the park. The park welcomes hundreds of visitors who want to ride the train and enjoy the majestic view of the national park. The park spans on 33,000 acres of land filled with lush forest and picturesque trails, a sight that still causes visitors to catch their breath in awe of nature’s beauty.
The excursion tour costs $18 for adults and $13 for children. Visitors also have the option to avail of shorter excursions, all-day adventures or take part in special events. Those who want to explore their biking trail have the option to get their bicycles carried by a baggage car and they can ride their bikes through the Townpath Trail to get back to the station