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Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Cuyahoga comes from the Mohawk word meaning crooked river. The Cuyahoga River winds around the northeastern Ohio countryside for 100 miles, but from the beginning of the river-the way the crow flies-to the end is a mere 30 miles away.
The park is nearly 33,000 acres and boasts many streams, including a beaver marsh, and Brandywine Creek which winds its way through the park, plummeting 65 feet as Brandywine Falls and creating a breathtaking gorge.
But the history of the land and the power of the water that flows through it is not to be forgotten as it shaped much of the building and settling of that part of the Country. It was this dense, tree and bluff covered countryside which made the Ohio territory difficult to settle. Although Ohio had become a State in 1803, it wasn’t until the Ohio and Erie Canals were built to penetrate into the untamed land that expansion and settlement could continue. The settlers had created homesteads, but they had no easy, feasible means of getting their crops to market. Three hundred and eight miles of canals and locks, built in just seven years, between 1825 and 1832, the Canal connected the northern city of Cleveland with Portsmouth in the south and all the land in between.
Today, much of what was the canal way, has been transformed into hiking trails and is known as the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Some twenty miles of this trail rests in the Cuyahoga Valley Park, and the park boasts another 125 miles of trails winding, like the Cuyahoga River through the beauty of dense forest, high bluffs and moist, cool caves.
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