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Ohio’s Crooked River

By Linda Tancs

The Cuyahoga River flows north and south, meandering along the way through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the only national park in Ohio.  The river’s trajectory prompted the Native Americans to name it Cuyahoga, or crooked river.  The 65-foot Brandywine Falls are a major attraction, but don’t forget about its other charms, like the visitor center at the canal lock, the Everett Road Covered Bridge (evocative of The Bridges of Madison County), the towpath trail, the grist mill, or Beaver Marsh.  That’s a lot of ground to cover.  If you’re short on time, take the scenic rail ride through the heart of the park.  Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates regular excursions and special excursions from Rockside Station in Independence to Akron Northside Station and from Canton Lincoln Highway Station to Akron Northside Station.  It’s one of the oldest, longest and most scenic train rides in the country.  Buy your tickets now for the 40th anniversary celebration on 8 September.

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