Sitting astride the Cuyahoga River and deep in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies the tiny village of Peninsula, Ohio.
Once a transportation center and grain milling center, now the hub of the park, Peninsula boasts a complete restored lock on the famed Ohio Canal, and is a haven for the bicyclers, hikers and other visitors to the park each year. It is also home to some great artisans, and various dining and social establishments. The historic steam-driven Cuyahoga Valley Railroad Train stops there for riders on its way through the valley.
Homes date from the early mid 1800s. Casual is the operative word for the tens of thousands of visitors each week passing through by car or bike or hiking the Park trails.
In both winter and summer, it’s the natural gathering place for park visitors. Every season brings something different. These images were made in the afternoon on Labor Day weekend with the AF 18-270 VC, my favorite travel lens.
Foot/bike bridge over the Cuyahoga River beside the Lock. Deep Lock from the Ohio Canal: The sign display is about 4 ft tall.