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This youngest of the U. S. National Parks is located in northeastern Ohio, in the glaciated part of the Allegheny Plateau, between Cleveland and Akron. Where once there was a toxic waste dump and the threat of urban sprawl there is now secluded trails, vistas of tree-covered hills, and marshes with thriving wildlife. Visitors can ride a scenic railroad, hike, play golf, or ski the slopes during the winter.
The United States Congress and President Gerald Ford established the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in 1974. The federal government placed the area's management under the control of the National Park Service, which worked jointly with Cleveland Metroparks and Summit County Metroparks to preserve the site. Near the end of the Presidency of Bill Clinton, on October 11th 2000, the federal government converted the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The National Park Service continues to work with local agencies to protect and maintain the site.