DAY 1 PLAN: New York to Cuyahoga Valley



DRIVE: Nesconset, NY to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH

  • DEP Nesconset – early a.m.
  • DRIVE Nesconset / NYC / NJ / PA / OH (with stops as needed)
    (approx. 510 miles / 9 hours)
  • ARR Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • HIKE 1/4 mile along Towpath Trail
  • Set up Camp
    (Stanford House Primitive Campsite)

NITE: Hike-In Primitive Camp / Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH


01 DEP: 0500 – Nesconset NY
(DRIVE: 73 miles / 1.5 hours = 2.5 hours estimated segment time)

02 DEP: 0730 - NJ state line
(DRIVE: 71 miles / 1.25 hours = 2.0 hours estimated segment time)

03 DEP: 0930 – PA state line
(DRIVE: 378 miles / 5.75 hours = 7.5 hours estimated segment time)

ARR: 1700 – Cuyahoga Valley Nat Park OH
(522 miles / 8.5 hours drive / 12 hours estimated travel)




LODGING: Cuyahoga Valley National Park / Stanford House Primitive Campsites
6093 Stanford Road, Peninsula, OH 44264
(see park website)
Contact: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association Reservation Coordinator’s Office
(330) 657-2909, ext. 119, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m

RATE: $15/Night for campsite, No Park Entry Fee

Primitive campground (5 tent sites) on the trail at the national park. Camping is by reservation only. Each campsite is $15.00/day. Reservations must be made at least three days in advance by contacting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association Reservation Coordinator’s Office at (330) 657-2909, ext. 119, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk-up campers can reserve unoccupied sites by visiting the Trail Mix store between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends only. For more details visit

  • Five primitive campsites are available for distance hikers and bicyclists using the Towpath and Buckeye Trails.
  • Drive-up use is not permitted.
  • There is a maximum of two tents and six people per site.
  • Water and chemical toilets are available.
  • Park Map (official park map pdf), Towpath Trail map (pdf), quicklinks for additional trail maps, and for park addresses)

PARK DETAILS: The park has five visitor centers:

  • The Canal Visitor Center, 7104 Canal Rd. at jct. Hillside Road in Valley View in the northern tip of the park
  • Boston Store Visitor Center, 1548 Boston Mills Rd. in Peninsula
  • Peninsula Depot Visitor Center, 1630 Mill St. in Peninsula
  • Hunt Farm, 2054 Bolanz Rd. between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Peninsula
  • The Frazee House (temporarily closed for repairs) at 7733 Canal Rd. in Valley View.
  • The park headquarters, 15610 Vaughn Rd. at the junction of Riverview Road in Brecksville, is not staffed, but has brochures available.


12 OCT 09: called the park office 10/12/09 and confirmed that there is parking about 1/4 mile away from campsite. campsite is primitive camping – she stressed “primitive” but it sounds perfect for us. we will have to hike in with our stuff the 1/4 mile. and there is just one “community fire ring” for the 5 tent sites. so we may not be able to have our “own” campfire or plan to cook as we want… also , she said there is a water buffalo but it is not drinking water. we need to carry in our water, too.

other options in the area are all “family campgrounds” (with RV hookups and campsites one next to the other). however, if we want to look at some. the closest to our route are:

West Branch state park and Portage Lakes state park

15 MAR 10: Bring own water for drinking (there is non-potable water available). Also, bring own cooking grill to cook, if you want, but there is a community fire ring that everyone can use. Also they provide a food hook, to hang bear bag (though she said there are no bear/food problems).

Park at the Boston Store visitor center parking lot, and take the Towpath trail to the Stanford trailhead (or we can drive up Stanford Road to unpack gear and then park and hike-in). It is a 1/4 mile hike-in.

(They suggest we do the Brandywine Falls hike, as it is close by and not too long a hike. Also she mentioned Ice Box cave trail as a nice hike, she said to drive to Ledges and hike-in from there)

Directions to our campsite: Take I-80 west to Exit 180. Go Right onto OH-8 headed North (towards Cleveland). Cross under I-80 and make the first Left onto Hines Hill Road headed West. Follow Hines Hill Road, across Rte-271 (big highway) and into the park until it joins Boston Mills Road. Follow Boston Mills Road to the Visitor’s Center.