TRAILS FOREVER Legacy Fund
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has over 100 miles of trails for you to hike, bike, run, horseback ride, and ski – but funding from the National Park Service alone isn’t enough to maintain these trails.
TRAILS FOREVER Legacy Fund, an endowment, lets you give back to the trails that have enriched your life. Your gift ensures future generations will have access to a maintained, world-class trail system.
Here are a couple examples of how your contributions support Trails Forever:
Photo: Alex Stewart
East Rim Mountain Bike Trail
With support from the Conservancy, Cuyahoga Valley National Park officially opened its first mountain biking trail in spring 2016. The initial 2.3-mile East Rim Trail allows bikers, hikers, and runners to explore a unique area of the Cuyahoga Valley. An additional 6.5-mile loop was completed in the spring of 2018. Funding for the East Rim trail system was provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, ODNR Recreational Trails program, National Parks Centennial Challenge, S. L. Gimbel Foundation Fund, People for Bikes, and contributions from individual donors.
Photo: Conservancy Staff
In the fall of 2014, Conservancy TRAILS FOREVER donors and volunteers helped restore and reopen Tabletop Trail after 10 years of being closed due to flood damage. New features on this stretch of the Wetmore Trail system included better erosion control, drainage features, and reinforced creek banks. The final work was completed on Make A Difference Day when nearly 100 volunteers helped put the finishing touches on the restored trail.