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Cuyahoga Valley Ohio national park and scenic train railroad review

Updated on August 31, 2014

Have you ever ridden the Cuyahoga Valley scenic train

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Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad


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Recently we took a trip on the Cuyahoga Valley Ohio scenic railroad, and prior to our trip, I tried to find an honest review of what to expect on the excursion, since I couldn't find one, I decided to write one. By we, I mean my husband, myself, and our 7 year old son. I'm an Ohio native, and we are blessed with great parks and recreational activities in the wonderful state of Ohio, and the Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad is one of them! You should consider experiencing this at least once in your lifetime. Even if you are not an avid train lover, this is a wonderful ride. Our son loved it.

Ticket info and pricing

All the information you need for tickets and pricing can be found at the Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad website, along with other helpful information and details on special events.

The Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad offers some really cool events, this train is not just for kids. They also offer Ales on Rails (a beer tasting), dinner on board the train, Christmas rides, specifically the Polar Express, Halloween events, and mystery dinners! Special events sell out quick so don't wait on getting your tickets. There truly is an event for all ages! You can even bring your bicycle on the train!

Canal Visitor Center
Indigo Lake
Akron Northside
Boston Mills
Canton Lincoln Highway

Old Rockside Road boarding station

All aboard!!

Cuyahoga Valley train

Cuyahoga Valley scenic train

Our son, excited to get on the train!
Our son, excited to get on the train!

Train amenities

  • Handicap friendly and wheelchair accessible.
  • Air conditioned/heated/climate controlled.
  • Audio tour
  • Snack car-The snack car offers beverages, juice, light snacks such as candy, popcorn, chips, small deli sandwiches, hot-dogs, and adult beverages. They accept Mastercard, Visa, and cash.
  • You can also pack your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, which you should definitely do if you have children.
  • Souvenir car-purchase toy trains, t shirts and more.
  • Plenty of on board restrooms.
  • Coach and ADA Car seating
  • Premium and first class seating
  • Deluxe seating-a deluxe dining car serving brunch, BBQ, and dinner.
  • Plenty of friendly well informed, helpful and funny staff.

About the 3 hour scenic train tour

The 3 hour scenic train ride tour is a lovely ride through the Cuyahoga Valley national park system from the Old Rockside road boarding area, all the way to Canton, Ohio. This ride gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy nature and wildlife. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see are deer, various birds, swan, geese, rabbits, ducks, squirrel, fish, and much more. This is also a great ride to take during the fall when the leaves are changing colors. The train offers views of lush green forests, and the pretty, serene winding of the canal river. They also offer a running audio tour on the ride that explains some of the history of the land as you travel through it. But the staff is more than happy to answer any questions from curious minds.

I would not recommend this ride for children under the ages of 7, due to the duration of the trip. It can be challenging to get small children to sit and behave for 3 hours. Even at 7 years it can get challenging.

However, once the train is moving, you are freely allowed to move around within each cabin and train car. This is a fun thing to do with the little ones. They get a good view and perspective of the inside happenings, each cabin, and how the train cars connect. The ride is a little bumpy and shaky, but nothing you have to worry that much about. We didn't fall over! It was also fun to meander through each car and observe other passengers.

The train makes several stops during the trip. You'll pass Boston Mills Ski Resort, Ohio Erie Towpath Trail, the Everett covered bridge, Peninsula depot visitor center, Beaver Marsh, Hale Farm and Village, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Portage Lakes, and the Football Hall of Fame before reaching the final stop in Canton, Ohio. One stop specifically worth mentioning is in a town called Peninsula, Ohio. At this stop you have the option to get off the train and then pick it up on the way back. Getting off in Peninsula gives you about an hour and a half to check out the area. Peninsula is full of quaint shops, river views, nature, history, farms, bicycling paths, bars, and restaurants. If you have small children that need to move about or just need to stretch your own legs, this would be an ideal place to take a break from the 3 hour tour. Explore Peninsula Ohio!

This particular trip is considerably long, and by the end of 3 hours you will feel you've had a fulfilling adventurous ride while creating a happy memory with your friends or family. A must see trip for nature lovers visiting Ohio!

© 2013 Rebecca


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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You had me so excited hearing about this train. It is on my bucket list and hopefully I will get to ride it some day. Thanks for the highlights!