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Cascade Valley Metro Park–Valley View Area
Coordinates: 41.1218625, -81.5285326
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Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park has recently opened.

About Valley View Area
Summit Metro Parks acquired the 195-acre former Valley View Golf Course fulfilling the long-term vision of connecting three parks—Cascade Valley, Gorge, and Sand Run—creating 1,700 contiguous acres of natural green space.

The new area offers free public access to scenic vistas, the Cuyahoga River, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and over 150 miles of hiking trails.

An extensive, state-of-the-art ecological restoration project has restored wetlands, planted trees, and created verdant native meadows. Facilities will include a renovated historic barn, a boathouse and river access area, and new trails for biking and hiking. Plus, work is underway to restore 5,100 linear feet of the Cuyahoga River to its natural state, a monumental leap forward for the vibrancy of the river.
From Valley View Metro Park webpage

About Cascade Valley Metro Park
In 1833, the hydraulic engineer and entrepreneur Eliakim Crosby built the Cascade Race, a waterway that powered the mills and businesses along the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Cascade Race helped transform Akron into a boomtown. Years later, Crosby built the failed Chuckery Race; traces of it can still be seen in this Metro Park.

Today, fish here are prey for belted kingfishers and great blue or green-backed herons. Beautiful white trillium grows in the floodplain woods each spring beside wild ginger and several types of violets. Summer and fall wildflowers also flourish, illuminating the landscape.

Several rare and unique natural features can be found within the Chuckery Area. South of the entrance drive, near the intersection of the Chuckery Trail, is a meadow that harbors many unusual plants and several species of showy wildflowers. Just up the hill from the meadow is a prairie, where wild lupines bloom about mid-May. Other rare species can be found individually throughout the park, including butternut trees – a species surviving despite the butternut canker disease threatening their range. Less conspicuous, but no less rare, are crinkled hair grass, satin brome, and southern hairy rock cress.
From Cascade Valley Metro Park webpage

No restroom facilities.