All Aboard the National Park Scenic Excursion

Updated Schedule

Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding our locomotive fleet, the following regularly scheduled National Park Scenic departures will be cancelled:

Friday, September 30th:

  • Rockside Station at 1:00 PM
  • Peninsula Depot at 11:45 AM and 1:55 PM

Saturday, October 1st

  • Rockside Station at 9:00AM, 1:00PM, and 5:00PM
  • Peninsula Depot at 9:45AM, 11:45AM, 1:55PM, 3:45PM, and 5:45PM
  • Akron Northside Station at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 2nd

  • Rockside Station at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Peninsula Depot at 9:45 AM, 11:45 AM, and 1:55 PM
  • Akron Northside Station at 11:00 AM

All passengers with pre-purchased tickets will be automatically refunded to their original credit card, which generally takes 3-5 business days to process.

Tickets are still available for all Fall Flyer departures, either online or at the station in the hour prior to each departure. We apologize for any issues this may cause and hope to see you on board again.

Climb aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s flagship train! The National Park Scenic excursion is the best way to see the length of Cuyahoga Valley National Park from a one-of-a-kind vantage point.

Sit back as the train weaves through Cuyahoga Valley along the rushing Cuyahoga River. Passengers may catch a glimpse of CVNP’s variety of wildlife including an eagle’s nest, deer, blue heron and other natural habitats. Traces of the Valley’s industrial history, such as the Ohio & Erie Canal can also be seen.

Trains will run Wednesday through Sunday from July to November. Passengers can board at Rockside Station, Peninsula Station or Akron Northside Station. See below for departure times and station locations.

Passengers can choose from a variety of seating options including coach, tabletop or executive. Tickets range from $11 – $36. Scroll down for seating pictures and details!

No outside food or drink is allowed on the train. An onboard café car is available offering concessions.

Before you ride, please review our safety policies.

Train Schedule

*Please note our National Park Scenic ride will not be running on September 28 and 29.

Boarding Stations

Rockside Station

7900 Old Rockside Rd.,
Independence, OH 44131

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Peninsula Depot

1630 Mill St.,
Peninsula, OH 44264

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Akron Northside Station

27 Ridge St.,
Akron, OH 44308

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Seating Options

Below ticket prices do not include delivery and preservation fees. Tickets can only be purchased online or by visiting the depot prior to boarding. Tickets are unable to be upgraded once on board.  Ticket includes a 3.5 hour round trip train ride. Each ticket is valid for one (1) round trip (only a coach ticket is an all-day pass). If you choose to ride in one of the other cars and deboard the train, your seat in this section will NOT be guaranteed upon re-boarding, and you may be directed to sit in coach. Children under the age of 3 do not require a ticket but must sit on an adult’s lap.

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Coach

January – September Ticket Price: $16 adult/ $11 child/ $14 senior  (price does not include fees)

October Ticket Price: $17 adult/ $12 child (price does not include fees)

All coach tickets purchased for any departure time on the National Park Scenic are an All-Day Pass. All-Day Passes cannot be purchased in classes other than Coach.

Seating is in a coach car with blocks of four (two seats facing two seats). Seating is general admission with no seats assigned.

Our All-Day Pass allows guests to deboard and board at any of our three stations throughout the day.

All-Day Pass at Rockside Station departs at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Wednesday-Sunday) and 5 p.m. Saturdays only.

All-Day Pass at Akron Northside departs at 11 a.m. (Wednesday-Sunday) and 3 p.m. Saturdays only.

Please note that All-Day Passes are general admission coach seats. If you miss your initial departure from Rockside or Akron Northside, you can board the train at any of our other stations.

Please note that if deboarding mid-trip at Peninsula, businesses have varying hours.

Our Round Trip ticket out of Rockside Station is a continuous round-trip experience. With this ticket guests can stay on for a 3.5-hour ride or have the option to deboard in Peninsula for a 2-hour break to eat lunch and shop in the historic Village of Peninsula.

If you choose to stop at Peninsula, your schedule will follow as:

  • 9:45 a.m. Departures will arrive in Peninsula at 9:45 a.m. Guests will get back on the train at 11:45 a.m. and return to Rockside Station at 12:30 p.m. Your ticket will expire at 12:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. Departures will arrive in Peninsula at 1:45 p.m. Guests will get back on the train at 3:45 p.m. and return to Rockside Station at 4:30 p.m. Your ticket will expire at 4:30 p.m.

Our Round Trip ticket out of Akron Northside Station is a continuous round-trip experience. With this ticket guests can stay on for a 3.5-hour ride or have the option to deboard in Peninsula for a 2-hour break to eat lunch and shop in the historic Village of Peninsula.

  • 11:00 a.m. Departures will arrive in Peninsula at 11:45 a.m. Guests will get back on the train at 1:55 p.m. and return to Akron Northside Station at 2:40 p.m. Your ticket will expire at 2:40 p.m.

Our Round Trip ticket out of Peninsula Station is a continuous 4-hour-round-trip experience.

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Table Top

January – September Ticket Price: $21 adult/ $16 child (price does not include fees)

October Ticket price: $22 adult/$17 child (price does not include fees)

Seating in a vintage table car. Seating is assigned.

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Executive Class

January – September Ticket Price: $36 adult/ $31 child (price does not include fees)

October Ticket Price: $37 adult/$32 child (price does not include fees)

Seating in our Saint Lucie Sound lounge car. This car offers comfortable padded seats and a spacious lounge area. Seating is not assigned.

Members Ride Free

CVSR members at the Sectionhand level and above receive complimentary National Park Scenic coach tickets. To redeem tickets, please click the button below and fill out the form. Once you fill out the form, our customer service team will be in contact with you.

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National Park Scenic Ticket Discounts

Northeastern Ohio Inter-Museum Council Discount

Fellow members of the Inter-Museum Council (IMC) receive up to four (4) scenic coach tickets on any regularly scheduled National Park Scenic train. They must show their employee badge or membership card to receive the discount. Only redeemable for walk-up.

Military, Veteran and First Responder Discount

Active military, veterans, first responders, and correctional officers receive one (1) complimentary coach ticket on any regularly-scheduled National Park Scenic train on Thursdays between June and September.  Up to three guests may receive 1/2 price tickets as well. Discount only applies to coach tickets.

*Discounts will only be applied on purchases made in person at the station.

Track the Train

Follow along the route with the CVSR Train Tracker app! Download the app for free on Google Play or the Apple Store. This app allows you to follow the train, view the train’s current speed, heading and even listen to audio clips.

Service Animal Policy

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), CVSR does accommodate service animals on board the train. Only dogs that are trained service animals will be admitted to board the CVSR train. Pets and other animals not considered service animals will, under no circumstances, be allowed to board. Please carefully review our Service Animal Policy for more details or contact our customer service team at .

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects nearly 33,000 acres of  rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio. Cuyahoga Valley National Park generally receives more than 2.2 million recreational visits each year, making it one of the most-visited national parks in the United States.

Cuyahoga Valley is the only national park in the state of Ohio and one of seven Midwestern national parks. Learn more about CVNP at nps.gov/cuva

Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding our locomotive fleet, we have to modify this weekend’s operating schedule. Tickets are still available for all Fall Flyer departures! 🍂