A historic village featuring CVNP’s visitor center and Trail Mix Boston.
At a Glance:
Central visitor hub of CVNP. Visitor Center, restrooms, information kiosks, and other park buildings.
This region has been referred to as “the heart of the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park.” Brandywine Falls and the surrounding trails offer depth and dramatic atmosphere. The Boston Store Visitor Center (a former warehouse and boarding house) was built in the 1830s and is a must-stop for all there is to know about the park system. Today, a comprehensive visitor center resides within it.
What Makes It Great
With a population of just under 1,300, Boston itself is a discreet little village. Home to accommodations such as the Stanford House and the Inn at Brandywine Falls, proximity to Boston Mills Ski Resort and to Blue Hen Falls, Boston itself can be sleepy, unless it’s not. The Boston Store Visitor Center lives here, serving as a repository for all things CVNP and doubling as a meeting spot for trekkers. Jaite is nestled in here as well, a nationally-recognized historic district named for paper magnate Charles Jaite who founded his business there in the early 20th century. While business function of the mill and adjacent buildings ceased in the 1950s and some tenements were lost over time, the National Park Service rehabilitated the remaining buildings into an administrative epicenter. On top of all of that, there are plenty of gorgeous surrounding trails and quiet scenic views here.
Who is Going to Love It
Everyone. There’s tremendous upside to this area for a whole host of reasons, making it great for hikers, trail-runners, bikers, cross-country skiers, and more. Kids and families will love the beautiful scenery, Brandywine Falls and the accompanying trails, the proximity to more in-depth winter sports during the cold season, and a fairly robust slate of arts, music, and historical locations and programming in the area during peak season. And for anyone looking for a snack or souvenir, Trail Mix Boston, your national park store, is right in the center of it.
Directions, Parking & Fees
From the north, take I-77 south to Miller Rd. exit. Left on Miller Rd. to Brecksville Rd., Right on Brecksville Rd. to Snowville Rd. Make a left on Snowville Rd. until you reach Riverview Rd. Take a right on Riverview Rd. to W. Boston Mills Rd., then make a left. You’re now in the Boston/Jaite area. From the south, take SR-8 north to E. Boston Mills Rd. exit. Proceed west on E. Boston Mills Rd. All locations discussed herein can be reached within 5 minutes of here. Entrance to official CVNP park assets is free; fees for special programs and additional accesses may be required. Tickets required for the Scenic Railroad,