Peninsula

A quaint, lovely town in the heart of CVNP. Restaurants, shopping, and more.

At a Glance:

Village at the center of CVNP. Reachable via Towpath Trail. Several restaurants and small shops.

Named one of This Old House Magazine’s “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in 2012, Peninsula offers all manner of sightseeing fun in addition to some immersive trekking opportunities. The bygone era of storefronts and old housing stock isn’t some fabricated Hollywood mirage that you’ll see replicated in new housing and “lifestyle center” shopping developments of today. No, it’s all the real deal—surrounded by rolling hills, gorgeous vistas, and nearby stony crags and waterfalls. The village is close to terrain that is perfect  for hikers, bikers, and trail runners, who all meander through in between jaunts through Kendall Lake and The Ledges, as well as nearby Brandywine Falls and the adjacent Stanford Trail. All are robust options during peak season.

What Makes It Great

Peninsula is a throwback to an America where things moved slower and more deliberately, but with enough of the contemporary trappings of home in the 21st century to make it comfortable and familiar. The laidback village on the Buckeye and Towpath Trails has great dining and shops, galleries, a library, plenty of history, and great access (5 -10 minute drive)  to Virginia Kendall Lake — CNVP’s largest at 12 acres, great for fishing and light paddling.  The Ledges Overlook and Loop is great for hikes, exploration and views.Peninsula is the kind of place you fall in love with.

Rounding out Peninsula, there’s the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall, which hosts great concerts and lectures on history and the environment. And with Century Cycles and Appalachian Outfitters, trekkers are never without needed or replacement gear. You’ll also find Hines Hill Campus and Happy Days Lodge nearby, where you can enjoy fantastic concerts and other events. Both facilities are available for special event rental.

Who is Going to Love It

Trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts of all age ranges, skill levels, and interests. History Buffs. Foodies. It’s hard to imagine anyone arriving in Peninsula and not being instantly enchanted by its charm both natural and otherwise. With proximity to so much mixed countryside and access to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Peninsula gives you depth, beauty, and flexibility for outdoor adventures that scratch everyone’s itch.

Directions, Parking & Fees

From north or south, take I-71 to I-271 N to SR-303 exit. Continue east on SR-303 for 2 miles until you arrive in Peninsula. Entrance to the park locations is free, as is parking in Peninsula. Fees for special programs, rentals and additional accesses may be required. Tickets are required for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.