Valley News – Column: Facing COVID travel challenge to find a place of peace

Oh, for the days when all you had to worry about was whether Bernoulli’s principle could really sustain you in midair over 3,000 miles of open water. Now it’s COVID-19 tests, before, after and during travel, passenger disclosure and attestation forms, passenger locator forms, prebooked rapid antigen tests, pages of entry requirements to read and fill out to get into the country you are traveling to, and pages of instructions to (with hope) allow you to return home.

But I prevailed, and so one misty autumn evening I found myself trundling off a tiny ferry onto the pier of Iona again. Iona is just a mouthful of an island, a small comma on the map of Scotland, nearly invisible on a map of the world. I have been here before, but was preceded by Columba, an Irish monk who landed in its cove in 563 A.D.

Depending which history you read or believe, Columba was either a scoundrel or a saint. Whichever he was, he was certainly a man of immense energy. On Iona he founded a monastery and then took off for the mainland, the Western Islands and Orkney to convert the Picts to Christianity. No buildings remain from Columba’s time. The large, present-day abbey dating from about 1200 A.D. was already in complete ruins in 1773, when Johnson and Boswell visited.

But in 1938, George MacLeod, a Presbyterian minister and socialist, settled a new community on the island and began rebuilding the abbey. His belief that Christianity must be centered on practical endeavors to help others attracted many to the Iona Community. The restored abbey is beautiful, a large, honey-colored cathedral. And the ethos of the Community and MacLeod — to work for equality for all — must contribute to the atmosphere of intense peace here.

I booked a room in the Argyll Hotel, built in 1858, which, fronted by a small garden, sits directly on the water. I had stayed here before. The timeless quality of the place, with peat fires burning in the lounges, and a large, old-fashioned dining room, suits my taste. I turned the brass key to the door of my room (no fiddly computer cards here) and took it in at a glance: a single bed hugged up against one wall, its headboard upholstered in Harris tweed, a small Scots pine bedside table just large enough for a reading lamp, my book and an apple. Two pretty watercolors hung on opposite walls, and a sizable window opened up onto a fuchsia hedge. The bathtub was huge and the towel rack was hot. It felt exactly right.

The island, just 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, is perfect for exploring on foot, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had come to this island to find my center, to reflect and renew, to discover where I’d gone wrong and to reset my sails.

On the first morning, I headed to the north, through the pink granite ruins of the Augustine nunnery, and then past the restored abbey, which I had explored many times before. I walked on, following the road to its end and then took a grass pathway that meandered onto a raised beach. Waves crashed onto the rocks below, sheep bleated in the high grasses around me, a brisk sea breeze ruffled my hair and I relaxed in a deep and profound way, a way I have been unable to do in my day-to-day life.

The path curved around a headland and down to a beach where two intrepid swimmers played in the waves. It then led up over a hillock onto a heathered moor and onward to a large field. Here I became confused. And so, in the end, the day was fine and the walk was mostly flat, except that somewhere, somehow, I got lost and climbed a small mountain by mistake. This certainly seemed to be a metaphor for my life.

The next day, I planned to go to the other end of the island, Martyr’s Bay, where Columba had landed. I had done this before and packed with anticipation: water bottle, rain gear, snack and eyeglasses tucked in my upper left hand pocket. The walk began on the single-track road ringing the island, narrow and requiring me to jump up onto the verges when a car drove by. I walked for about 15 minutes, occasionally leaving the tarmac to make room for a car. And then I absentmindedly felt my pocket and realized, to my distress, that my glasses were gone. Impossible, I thought, and then noticed that the seam on this pocket had unraveled. The glasses had fallen through, sometime in the previous 15 minutes.

No problem, I thought, I’ll just retrace my steps. And carefully I did, scanning the road and combing the grass verges. I was so sure I would find the glasses that I constructed a parable. Nothing is ever really lost, I said to myself. This experience should remind me not to give up hope, always to assume the best; to be positive, to be strong.

But despite my optimism, I did not find the glasses. Never mind, I said to myself, I’m sure I’ll find them later, and I set off for Martyr’s Bay, determined to have a good time. After some confusion again, I found the path, over a golf course — what felt like the most remote golf course on Earth — through a herd of highland cattle, rumored to be friendly but who really knows, and over the brow of a hill, past a lochan, or small lake. Soon the path plunged down and I was rewarded by a vast sweep of high green grass leading onto a rocky beach, edged by a turquoise sea.

A scattering of small islands leads the eye to the horizon, which curves eventually toward the Irish coast from which Columba had sailed. Here I spent a happy afternoon, daydreaming, thinking and writing.

On the way back, I looked for my glasses again, without luck. Maybe I just thought I pocketed them, I mused, still sure they would turn up. But later, after a thorough search of my small room, I still hadn’t found them. The next day, before boarding the ferry to leave the island, I retraced my steps again. Now I had to admit it: Despite the first law of thermodynamics, some things really are lost.

So I changed my parable: This is a lesson on learning how to live with loss, I told myself. An important reminder that loss is a part of life and that what remains is more than what has been lost; a reminder that joy can blossom again after loss and that the way misplaced can be recaptured.

And I thought, leaving a small token of myself, however inadvertently, on this island isn’t a bad thing. It’s a link between me and a place of peace and beauty and growth.

Joan Jaffe lives in Norwich.

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Valley leaders urge White House to reopen bridges, as travel restrictions ease

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Starting in November, people from the European Union will be allowed to fly into the United States with proof of vaccination. But these new rules laid out by the Biden Administrations do not apply to people in Mexico wanting to cross through land bridges.

Borders have been closes to non-essential travel since March 2020. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said this has had an effect on South Texas.

“Traditionally Mexican shoppers in some of our major retail areas represent 40% of our sales,” Cortez said. So, when you have those numbers and sales missing it’s having a huge impact.”

According to U.S Representative Henry Cuellar, the new travel rules set in place will allow Mexican nationals to fly into the U.S. But not opening the borders has not only had a negative impact on the local economy but the entire country.

“I’ve calculated it, since March of 2020 until now that we have lost over $30 Billion because the Biden administration does not want to open up the border restrictions to the land ports,” Cuellar said.

Congressman Cuellar said he has given the Biden Administration ideas on how to open the ports of entry in a safe way, but they have not gone through with any of those options. Now Cuellar is urging the White House to reopen the border before it is too late for local businesses.

“You are going to have businesses shut down. Some of them forever because they just can’t keep this up,” Cuellar said. “I am hoping that they open this up soon, I have given them a map way to open up.”

But it is not just local businesses that have been suffering since the borders have been closed.

“It’s a tragedy because it is not only hurting our economy, but it is hurting the relationships with our families there is a lot of family relationships between Mexico and the United States,” Cortez said. “Unfortunately some of them have not been able to come over and spend time with their families.”

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Rogue Valley travel is still down, but is above national average

MEDFORD, Ore. – Travel overall is still down in the Rogue Valley. However, compared to the national scale we’re above average.

Rogue Valley International Airport told NBC5 News it’s taking it as a win. While the airport said the year started off slow during the summer season it was almost pre-pandemic numbers. But as school is back in session and the delta variant is prevalent in the community things are starting to slow down again.

“They were right at about 98% of what they were in 2019. But we still have a long way to go because we got off to a slow start. In 2020 as you can imagine was not a good year for aviation,” said Jerry Brienza, Executive Director of the Rogue Valley International Airport.

As the airport prepares for a potentially busy holiday season they told NBC5 News they’re hiring in pretty much all positions. Click HERE for more information.

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91 veterans to travel on 26th Cedar Valley Honor Flight | Local News

The long day includes stops at the World War II, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korea, Women’s, Marine Corps War, and Air Force memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery. 

It was a decade ago when Waterloo Honor Flight board members Craig White and Frank Magsamen began to consider bringing a Honor Flight chapter to northeastern Iowa, but admittedly, White said Thursday evening that they had some reservations when finding out that each flight costs about $100,000.

Word got out about their efforts, and the right guy, Burk “Skeet” Miehe, who founded American Pattern, came forward to talk about helping get it off the ground.

White remembers talking with Miehe and him pointing out a photo on his wall of his father-in-law and dad who both served in World War II. 

“This is for them, Whitey. I’m going to do this for them,” he recalled Miehe saying, and then writing a check with lots of zeroes.

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“I’m like $1,000, that’s great. That’s a good start. And then he made that next zero,” he said. “$10,000. I’m going, ‘God that’s great Steve.’ And all of a sudden, his hands were shaking. He could hardly write… He goes: ‘I never wrote a damn check for $100,000.’ He got that last zero down, and that’s how we got started. Since then, with the help of all these guys and gals on the board, we’ve raised over $2.6 million to keep this thing going.”

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6 Tips For Visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga National Park is not your typical national park. I remember arriving there for the first time and thinking, “What is this?” Most national parks are surrounded by national forests, rustic lodging, and campgrounds. In contrast, Cuyahoga National Park is surrounded by development and industry. Many small towns surround it and Cleveland is to its north, making Cuyahoga an oasis in the middle of commerce and housing. 

The booming industry, rapid growth, and industrial climate of the 1960s were the recipe that would create Ohio’s only national park.

The Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 for the 11th time in a century. The locals were not surprised by the burning river. However, while it burned this time, there was a grassroots movement beginning to take hold in America. People were ready to see a change start to happen in how we cared for the earth. The 1969 fire is sometimes portrayed as a direct cause of the first Earth Day in 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Sign and entrance.
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In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed a bill establishing Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation area. People were wary about this designation to the polluted Cuyahoga River, and many argued the river could never be used for recreation or tourism. However, Ford used this platform as a preventive measure allowing the government to purchase land along the historic river and the nearby Ohio Canal, creating the path for Cuyahoga National Park.

1. Visit Boston Mill Visitor Center

Start your visit to this unique National Park at the Boston Mills Visitor Center. Reopened in 2019, this fully refurbished building was built in 1905 and was the first company store for the Cleveland-Akron Bag Company. Here you will find all the necessary information for your exploration of the park and surrounding areas. Watch the video about how Cuyahoga became a national park, get hands-on with the interactive exhibits, and peruse the gift shop. Parking is easily accessible, and there is space for oversized and big rigs across the intersection.

Pro Tip: Get a Jr. Ranger book to help you experience the park. While you might think it is just for kids, rangers will tell you they can be used from preschoolers to 100+-year-olds. You’re never too old to learn.

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The vintage Nickel Plate 765 steam locomotive pulls an excursion train of passenger cars on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad south of Cleveland.
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2. Ride The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

The history of trains in the area stretches back over 100 years, and you can hop on board to experience the beauty of the national park from the climate-controlled cars of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along the route. The train runs from Rockside Station in Independence, Ohio, to North Side Station in Akron, Ohio, so you’ll be able to see stunning views of the Cuyahoga River all along the route on your excursion. Rides can take up to 3 and a half hours during the summer months.

Pro Tip: Passengers who are 55 and older receive $2 off an adult coach ticket price on the National Park Scenic train on weekdays (Wednesday – Friday) between June and September. This discount only applies to coach tickets.

Rustic park shelter in Cuyahoga Valley National Park with brilliant autumn foliage.
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3. The Best Time to Visit Cuyahoga National Park

Any time, of course! However, there are a few advantages to each season in Ohio. Springtime offers the beauty of the world coming awake after its long winter nap, with wildflowers and plenty of water flowing. Summer brings warmer temperatures and longer days for outdoor adventure. Autumn is stunning here in the valley. Trees burst forth with bright reds to deep oranges, and the cooler temps bring a crispness to the air that invigorates. Winter isn’t just for hot chocolate by a fireplace; adventures within the park are just as exciting as summer, just with a different look. During the colder days, you can ski at the nearby Boston Mills Brandywine ski resort.

Pro Tip: Pack layers for your trip because temperatures can fluctuate during the day.

Tourist trail to Brandwine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Trail to Brandwine Falls (Henryk Sadura /

4. The Best Ways to Explore Cuyahoga National Park

There are multiple ways to explore this National Park; all you have to do is choose your adventure. 


There are over 125 miles of hiking trails are available for your hiking pleasure in CVNP, and picking the one that is just right for you is all you have to do! Three of the more easy and accessible hikes within the park can be found below:

High view overlooking Blue Hen Falls.
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  • Tree Farm Trail (2.75 miles) strolls alongside a tree farm the park acquired.
  • Blue Hen Falls (3 miles) takes you to a 15-foot waterfall. Note that there is a steep hill for a half-mile on this trail.
  • Station Road Hike (1 mile) is a short, scenic hike over flat terrain that provides views of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Brecksville Station, the historic Station Road Bridge, the Cuyahoga River, the Ohio & Erie Canal, and you can see an eagle’s nest and blue heron along the route.
Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
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One of the best ways to experience the nature of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is biking on the 19.5-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. The path is comprised of compacted gravel, making it wheelchair accessible and bicycle-friendly. Century Cycles and Eddy’s Bike Shop offer bicycle rentals, and both now offer electric bicycles for a more leisurely ride. In my opinion, it is one of the best ways to experience the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath is by bicycle.


There is nothing like taking a trip down this reclaimed river to see what conservation and restoration look like! You could come across beaver, white-tailed deer, and a fox or two along your way. There are 10 kayak launch sites within the park, and you can use the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway train to get back to your vehicle. There is no place to rent kayaks within the park. 


You might not want to venture too far from your vehicle, and that’s OK. Touring the National Park this way offers one of the best ways to see the Cuyahoga Valley National Park without ever breaking a sweat! You can take one of the scenic drives from the visitor center. Riverview Road Scenic Drive stretches for nearly 20 miles through this park, taking visitors on a road trip through some of the most beautiful parts of the park.

No matter how you find your adventure at Cuyahoga National Park, it will be the perfect one for you.

Pro Tip: Plan your desired style of exploration and book early.

Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio at Dusk in Summer.
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5. You Must See The Waterfalls

Let’s face it; waterfalls are magical. The sound of the water falling over the rim of the falls to come crashing down into the rocky bottom is mesmerizing! Cuyahoga has many falls to choose from, so plan your day accordingly. Some are easier to get to than others. 

Whitewater cascades over rock ledges of beautiful Bridal Veil Falls, a waterfall photographed in the colorful autumn landscape of Cuyahoga Valley National Park of northeast Ohio.
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  • Bridal Veil Falls: A short easy walk along a boardwalk with a few steps down will lead you to this cascading beauty. Parking is across the street, so be cautious as you cross.
  • Mudcatcher Falls: This man-made waterfall is located on the towpath making it an easily accessible sight. 
  • Brandywine Falls: The most popular and busy waterfall within the park! Plan your trip here accordingly because parking is limited. Try arriving early in the morning or later in the day. You can take the easy boardwalk to view the falls from up top or venture down the stairs into the gorge for an up-close look and hike the 1.5-mile gorge trail.
  • Shredder Falls: After checking out Brandywine Falls, continue on the Brandywine Gorge Trail, and you’ll find the falls. The story goes that this long cascade got its name in the 1970s when boy scouts would hike here to ride and slide the falls down, shredding their pants. While it was fun in the ’70s, it is not allowed today. 

Pro Tip: Stay nearby at the Inn at Brandywine Falls for an evening of relaxation near Brandywine Falls.

6. Get Educated At The Canal Exploration Center

The Canal Exploration Center is an outstanding museum for exploring the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Once the Erie Canal was completed in 1825 across New York, Ohio decided to build a canal connecting the Ohio River to Lake Erie, and the race for commerce was on! It is essential to learn about the canal history and how it transformed the state of Ohio. Learn how it is such a vital part of CVNP. 

The Canal Exploration Center has a complete map of the entire canal system between Ohio and New York with interactive features.  Park rangers are on-site during normal business hours, ready to answer questions and share helpful information.

Even though urban areas surround it, Cuyahoga National Park seems a world away. You’re nearby all the conveniences of the modern world but able to explore like Lewis and Clark in a wonderland of restored lands and waterways. Take a road trip to Ohio and explore the returned natural beauty of this one-of-a-kind national park.

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New Travel Reimbursement System Available To Veterans And Beneficiaries | VA Hudson Valley Health Care

, NY — New travel reimbursement system available to Veterans and beneficiaries

News Release


October  23, 2020


Contact:       Cullen Lyons, VA Hudson Valley Public Affairs Officer

Phone:          914-737-4400 ext. 2255

Cell:              914-475-7633




New travel reimbursement system available to Veterans and beneficiaries


Montrose NY — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on October 22, 2020 that the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System will now use the new Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS) to reimburse eligible Veterans and beneficiaries for travel to and from VA medical appointments.


The new system will allow users to submit and track transportation reimbursement claims using a secure web-based portal on the Access VA, available 24/7, 365 days a year.


“Thanks to the important innovations and dedication to information technology, we are proud to say we have streamlined this process making it easier for users,” said Dawn Schaal, Medical Center Director. “The BTSSS replaces the need for older, manual tracking methods, bringing this process in line with many of our other web applications.”


BTSSS has many advantages, for example, it:

  • Reduces the need for completing hard copy claim submissions in-person at the facility by replacing and eliminating the previous kiosk method.
  • Provides an easy to use web-based application that allows you to enter your claim over the internet via AccessVA.
  • Ensures timely processing and payment of travel reimbursements and reduces manual intervention and improper claim payments through automated features
  • Authenticates the Veteran or Beneficiary by: 1.) VA PIV card; or 2.) A DS Logon Level 2 account.


BTSSS will be available at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System beginning in October, 2020. As BTSSS goes live, the need for kiosk will be discontinued, however, in person and hard-copy claims submission will still be available. For information on eligibility, visit VA’s Travel Pay Reimbursement site.

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10 Key Ranger Tips For Visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a 33,000-acre stretch of forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands along the Cuyahoga River in Ohio. Two of its most popular attractions are the Towpath Trail, which follows the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal, and the 60-foot-tall Brandywine Falls waterfall.

Last year, Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the 7th-most-visited national park — drawing 2.8 million visitors. Part of its appeal is that the park is only 22 miles from Cleveland, 113 miles from Pittsburgh, and 129 miles from Columbus, Ohio. It’s also 230 miles from Cincinnati.

The combination of so many sights to see and possible activities, plus proximity to numerous metro areas and subsequent crowds makes planning a trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park challenging. The staff at the National Park Service (NPS) understand that complexity and want to make your trip planning easier. That’s why the NPS has released its “Top Ten Tips for Visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” written by the rangers who work there.

“Before you come, be sure to plan like a park ranger,” the rangers write. “Read on for our top tips for visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park.”

1. Know Before You Go

Since there is so much to see and do at the park, rangers encourage visitors to plan their trip ahead of time. The first step, they explain, is to visit the park’s website. Then they recommend continuing checking the website to stay up-to-date about alerts, events, and recommendations — as well as being informed about construction projects and changes in the park. 

You can check the park’s website here.

Pro Tip: Rangers also suggest downloading the NPS App, which provides interactive maps, tours of park places, and on-the-ground accessibility information about more than 400 national parks. Rangers explain that you can also use the app to help navigate around the park.

The free app can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play.

2. Make Reservations Early

Cuyahoga Valley has two picnic shelters for large groups. Rangers suggest making reservations early if you plan to use one of the shelters. The same holds true for lodging at the historic Stanford House, which was built in 1843.

Built during the Great Depression out of American chestnut and locally quarried sandstone, the rustic Ledges and Octagon shelters can be booked up to a year in advance. You can learn more about the shelters here and make reservations here.

Managed by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Stanford House has beds for up to 30 people — making it ideal for vacations, a small team’s retreat, or even family reunions, the conservancy explains. You can learn more about Stanford House here.

3. Avoid The Busiest Times

“Many of our parking lots fill up around midday on warm, sunny weekends,” rangers explain. “Avoid the crowd by coming on weekdays, in the mornings, or later in the day.”

You can find more tips for avoiding crowds at the popular The Ledges, Brandywine Falls, Blue Hen Falls, and Towpath Trail here.

4. Check The Weather

“If you plan to be outside, watch the weather forecast and plan accordingly,” rangers explain. “Being close to Lake Erie, our weather can change quickly. Use your favorite app or visit our weather page for a snapshot of the local conditions.”

You can see the park’s current weather conditions here. You can also monitor current park conditions and check for alerts here.

Pro Tip: If there have been storms in the vicinity, rangers recommend checking the park’s website for possible alerts regarding trail and road closures. And remember: “Never drive through floodwater,” the rangers caution.

5. Bring Water

“It’s always a good idea to bring water,” the rangers note. “Then keep sipping throughout the day and refill your water bottle at every opportunity.”

Pro Tip: You can find the park’s drinking fountain locations on the NPS App, which is another reason to download the app.

6. Stop At The Visitor Center First

Rangers explain that the Boston Mill Visitor Center — a historic building that once was the general store for the Cleveland-Akron Bag Company — should be visitors’ first stop. While there, you can pick up a copy of the Cuyahoga Valley Park Brochure, which includes a driving map. Copies of the Valley Guide newspaper and trail maps are also available at the visitor center.

You can learn more about the Boston Mill Visitor Center here.

7. Get Your Junior Ranger Materials Early

If you have kids or grandkids with you on your trip to Cuyahoga Valley, you’ll also need to stop at the Boston Mill Visitor Center to pick up free copies of the Junior Ranger Handbook (for ages 7 and up) and Junior Ranger, Jr. Activity Cards.

The rangers suggest that kids or grandkids can take as much time as they need to complete the activities. In fact, rangers recommend allowing up to 3 hours for the activities.

You can learn more about the Junior Ranger program here.

Pro Tip: “If you run out of time, don’t fret,” the rangers explain. “You can mail the completed book to us after you get home.”

8. Safety Is First, Second, And Third Priority

“Whether you’re visiting for an hour or a week, keep safety top of mind,” rangers advise. “If you’re planning to paddle the Cuyahoga River, be aware of the conditions and know how to keep yourself and others safe. Whatever type of adventure you’re planning, always be prepared!”

You can learn more about canoeing or kayaking the Cuyahoga River here, and you can learn how to be safe and prepared for all activities here.

Pro Tips: If you want to canoe or kayak the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you’ll need to take your own equipment.

Secondly, the National Park Service does not maintain the river for recreational use. If you plan to canoe or kayak the river, keep in mind that you are responsible for your own safety, rangers note.

9. Leave No Trace

When visiting national parks, it’s always a good idea to “Leave No Trace” by “packing out whatever you pack in,” rangers note. Also, if you’ll be visiting Cuyahoga Valley with a pet, rangers remind everyone that “Owners must clean up pet waste and throw it in a trash can.”

You can learn more about pet regulations here

Pro Tip: The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace are: 

  • Plan Ahead & Prepare
  • Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

You can find more details about the principles here.

10. Visit Other Nearby Parks

“We’re not the only national park in northeast Ohio!” rangers note. “Be sure to also read the ‘Top 10’ lists from our friends at James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor and First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton.”

You can learn more about James A. Garfield National Historic Site here and the First Ladies National Historic Site here.

If you have time, the rangers also recommend exploring other National Park Service sites around the state of Ohio. You can use the National Park Service website or the NPS App to learn more about those parks.While you’re planning your trip, be sure to also read all of our Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Ohio coverage since you’ll be in the area. You can find all of our national parks coverage here.

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