Activities

There are currently 20 Hudson parks. The 1,182 acres (which include the golf course's 103 acres) offer opportunities for active and passive recreation, as well as conservation and preservation. Some of the activities and facilities available at the various Hudson parks are:

  • Ball Fields
  • Boating
  • Bocce
  • Community Garden
  • Disc Golfing
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Grilling
  • Hiking Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Skate Parks
  • Soccer Fields

Events


The parks play host to special community events throughout the year. Get to know your Hudson parks and your neighbors while participating in these activities.

Pack the Pond 2017


Join Friends of Hudson Parks and Kent State University's Crooked River Adventures for the fifth anniversary of Pack the Pond on Monday, August 7 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Springs Park. All are invited to this family-friendly, end-of-summer event.

Don't miss the “Pack the Pond Challenge” in which as many watercraft as possible will be on the lake at the same time—a great photo opportunity! Guests are welcome to bring their own boats.

Crooked River Adventures will have kayaks and canoes available to try out for free, and will also provide instruction in using a stand-up paddleboard. Participants will be able to enjoy a cookout, educational programs, fly fishing demonstrations, and many other activities. The rain date is August 14. For complete details, visit the Friends of Hudson Parks website .

This year's schedule:
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm - Cookout
7:00 p.m. - Pack the Pond photos

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal

Beaver Marsh

The Beaver Marsh was created by beavers that moved in along remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The area had been a farm and later a junkyard, which was cleaned up by a community effort. Today the area offers visitors the chance to explore a wetland first-hand and up close by a boardwalk thorugh the marsh.

Read our Beaver Marsh site bulletin to learn more. Visit our Wetlands, Marshes, and Swamps web page for more information and a photo gallery.

3801 Riverview Road, Cuyahoga Falls 44264 (81° 34.817' W) (41° 11.201' N)

Cyclists in front of Boston Store Visitor Center.

©Sara Guren

Boston Store Visitor Center

Speculating on the rising fortunes of the Ohio & Erie Canal, the Kelley brothers built the Boston Store around 1836. Built as a store (literally to "store" objects, today's warehouse), the building's second floor was a warren of 13 rooms built to be boarding rooms for workers in the area. The building went on to become a post office and a private residence before becoming today's visitor center.

1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 33.512' W) (41° 15.803' N)

©LYNETTE SPRAGUE-FALK

Brandywine Falls

The Cuyahoga Valley's waterfalls are among the most popular attractions in the national park. Brandywine Falls is a 65-foot waterfall is the centerpiece of the falls area, but not its only source of interest. Carved by Brandywine Creek, the falls demonstrates classic geological features of waterfalls. The falls once powered a thriving village, later industry, and eventually an artist's colony.

Hike the Brandywine Gorge Trail, improved with a new bridge crossing Brandywine Creek.

8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills 44067 (81° 32.264' W) (41° 16.580' N)

Towpath Trail outside Canal Exploration Center.

NPS Collection

Canal Exploration Center

The building known as the Canal Exploration Center has stood at Lock 38 for over 150 years. It has been a tavern, a store, a residence, a boardinghouse, and even housed a blacksmith shop at one time! It most recently was a park visitor center. Moses Gleeson purchased the structure about 1837, hoping to capitalize on the Ohio & Erie Canal traffic. By 1852 he expanded the building to resemble its current facade to serve the increasing traffic on the canal.

The Canal Exploration Center features a store selling goods reminiscent of the Canal Era. Interactive touchscreens allow visitors to navigate a canal boat through a lock, explore the nation's canal system, or eavesdrop on Canal Chat conversations. Exhibits allow visitors to consider the impact of the canal system and debate the meaning of progress. Topics such as immigration, paying for public works projects, and who wins in a free market economy that are compelling today as they were 150 years ago are explored.

7104 Canal Road, Valley View 44125 (81° 36.805' W) (41° 22.355' N)

Everett Covered Bridge

Photo by TOM JONES.

Everett Covered Bridge

Crossing over Furnace Run, the Everett Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County. In the 19 th century, it was one of over 2,000 in Ohio, the state that led the nation in covered-bridge construction.


Learn more and hear stories about Everett village .

2370 Everett Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 34.865' W) (41° 12.265' N)

Frazee House

NPS/STIAN RICE

Frazee House

The Frazee House is a two-story Federal-style building that holds within its handmade bricks and hand-hewn beams stories of the Frazee family, who built the house around 1825. Read our Frazee House site bulletin to learn more.

Frazee House is closed for stabilization repairs until further notice.

7733 Canal Road, Valley View 44125 (81° 35.544' W) (41° 21.155' N)

NPS COLLECTION

Jaite Mill

The Jaite Mill brought work, family, and community together when Charles Jaite purchased land on Riverview Road in 1906, and developed a company town with homes, a general store, a post office, and a railroad station. The mill changed hands three times until it fell silent in December 1984. Read our Jaite Mill site bulletin to learn more.

Learn more about historic mill towns in the Cuyahoga Valley, and hear audio clips of one resident's experience working for the Jaite Paper Company.

Hikers at the Ledges.

NPS Collection

Ritchie Ledges

The Ritchie Ledges are witnesses to change - from creation out of Sharon Conglomerate millions of years ago, to landscapes wrecked by humans and to preservation today. The Ledges drew many visitors in the 19th century who came here to recreate and play. One of those, wealthy industrialist Hayward Kendall, purchased the area and set it aside to become the Virginia Kendall Park .

The Civilian Conservation Corps created the park you see today, building trails and shelters throughout the area. Once again, visitors come here to play, relax, and recreate.

Truxell Road/ Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 30.652' W) (41° 13.137'

Stanford House

NPS/Ted Toth

Stanford House

At the Stanford House , visitors can immerse themselves in the valley's rich farming history. George Stanford built the house in the 1830s after inheriting the farm from his father. The Stanford family followed the patterns of many local farmers in the 19th century, growing enough food to support themselves while also taking advantage of the growing markets for dairy products. The Stanford House now serves as lodging for visitors of the national park.

Click to plan your stay at the Stanford House .

6093 Stanford Road, Peninsula 44264 (81° 33.414' W) (41° 16.233' N).

For the Kids and Families!

Taste of Hudson is the ultimate destination for kids of ALL ages, including the young families with toddlers, adolescents, ‘tweeners and teens! Don't leave the kids at home, because there is plenty to keep them busy for hours at Taste of Hudson. The festival is easy to navigate and stroller-friendly, and we love kids!

Join us on the Akron Children's Hospital Activity Green location off of Routes 303, 91 and Park Lane. Featuring an endless amount of family friendly activities, the Children's Activity Green is a central hub at the NEW Taste of Hudson! Dr UR Awesome shows sponsored by Merrill Lynch Hudson.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

Little Tikes Land , an interactive play area filled with the latest Little Tikes play structures and toys. Pretend, slide, climb and splash in the special

imagination zone created just for the little ones.

PPG Presents the Carnegie Science Center Science Takes Flight Adventure Stations visit fun learning stations focused on science, technology, engineering and math including a chance to build and race your own Lego car!

Take a walk on the wild side through the PPG Interactive Butterfly Habitat where you can see these amazing creatures and feed them!

Try your hand in the Café O' Play Gaga Ball Court or practice your skills with the interactive displays from the Cleveland Gladiators and Lake Erie Monsters.

Enjoy a quick manicure at the Primrose School Nail & Tattoo Station or get crafty in the PPG Make It and Take It Craft Tent.

Grab a bite to eat or a special treat at the Rotary Clocktower Food Tent located in the heart of the Children's Activity Green.

Visit with our many exhibitors located on the Akron Children's Hospital Activity Green for hands on activities, fun and information from local experts.

Be sure to stop by the Destination Hudson Information Tent for up to the minute schedules, maps, Hudson memorabilia and more!

 

 

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