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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Becomes Ninth Most Visited National Park in 2022

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) in Ohio, has seen a significant increase in visitation, making it the ninth most visited national park in 2022 with nearly 3 million recreational visits. 

While the entire national park system experienced a dip in visitation during the pandemic, CVNP saw a marked increase in 2020. Visitation numbers this past year have surpassed 2020.

“We are excited to welcome more visitors to experience CVNP and find their own connection to this beautiful place”, said CVNP Superintendent Lisa Petit. 

“We look forward to working alongside our gateway communities to show exceptional hospitality – which benefits both the visitor and the community,” Petit added. 

According to the National Park Service, CVNP welcomed 2,913,312 visitors in 2022, marking a 13.1% increase from the previous year. 

The park saw a slight decrease in 2021 with 2,575,275 visits, but visits in 2020 totaled 2,755,628, which was a 23.1% increase over 2019.

Although people visit CVNP year-round, the park is busiest from 10 am – 3 pm May through October. 

The park encourages visitors to Plan like a Park Ranger by visiting the park website and downloading the National Park Service app before visiting.

Rangers at the Boston Mill Visitor Center can help visitors get the most out of their time in CVNP. The visitor center is open every day 9:30 am – 5 pm.

CVNP does not charge an entrance fee and can be accessed from all directions, making it a popular destination for visitors. 

Since the park does not charge an entrance fee, visitation is determined by traffic counters in parking lots. Visitation is analyzed by the NPS Social Science Program each year.

People visit CVNP for a variety of reasons that include learning about history and nature, boosting physical and mental health, joining a guided activity, or finding solitude.

These experiences help everyone form their own connection to the park and make it part of their story. The park encourages visitors to share their story on social media using #MyParkStory.

CVNP, which stretches between Akron and Cleveland, was established as a national recreation area in 1974 and redesignated as a national park in 2000. 

The park encompasses 33,000 acres and offers more than 125 miles of hiking trails, including the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which runs through the center of the park.

With CVNP becoming the ninth most visited national park in 2022, it not only showcases the natural beauty of the region but also the importance of the preservation of the environment for future generations.

Moreover, this highlights the growing interest in outdoor recreation and the benefits of spending time in nature. 

With more people seeking to engage in outdoor activities, the hospitality and recreation industries have an opportunity to provide services and facilities that cater to this growing demand.

The increased visitation to CVNP also has economic benefits for the local community. As more people visit the park, there is a greater demand for services such as accommodation, food and beverage, and outdoor gear rentals. 

This presents a business opportunity for local entrepreneurs to establish or expand their businesses, thereby creating more jobs and boosting the local economy.


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