Introduction to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in Summit county, is 4 miles NE of Akron, Ohio (center to center) and 27 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio. It's regarded as a suburb of Akron. A collection of water falls flow through the town. The municipality is bordered on the northwest by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The city was selected as a "Tree City USA."
Cuyahoga Falls History
The city was established in 1812. It was a prominent site due to its location near the Cuyahoga River waterfalls which supplied power for various types of manufacturing. The town was originally named Manchester, however the U.S. Post Office convinced the community to rename it as Cuyahoga Falls due to the state of Ohio already having several cities named Manchester. Cuyahoga Falls was incorporated in 1836. The city had been established as an industrial center, however during the 1970's it became a residential community. In 1985 the town merged with Northampton Township.
Cuyahoga Falls Attractions
- The Blossom Music Center is a notable amphitheater located in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It offers the music of the Cleveland Orchestra during the summer and also provides a variety of well known music performers.
- The Porthouse Theatre is a popular venue.
- The Riverfront Centre is a notable shopping destination.
- Doin' The River Thing included numerous festivals and concerts during the summer at the Riverfront Centre District.
Cuyahoga Falls Activities
The Falls River Square is a popular location for dining, special events, ice skating and taking a scenic walk on the riverfront boardwalk. It also features the Italian American Festival, Crooked River Blues Jazz and Arts Festival, the Irish Festival, Oktoberfest, the Sunday Evening Concert series and other types of events. The Pavilion and the Amphitheater are popular destinations in the Riverfront District.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park incldudes an extensive trail system for hiking and bicycle riding. The park features rolling hills, steep narrow ravines, waterfalls, a scenic winding river and an abundance of wildlife. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is utilized for special event tours. The Ohio & Erie Canal Tow-Path trail is a primary trail that traverses through the park.
The Mary Campbell Cave is part of Gorge Park and overlooks the Cuyahoga River. The cave is noteworthy as the temporary residence of Mary Campbell who was captured by Indians. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at Brookledge Golf Club. The Downview Sports Center and the Water Works Family Aquatic Center are popular destinations. The town includes a large number of parks. The Fall River Tours take visitors on a pontoon ride on the scenic Cuyahoga River.