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National Parks Witness Surge in Visits with Cuyahoga Valley Leading the Charge

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) recently unveiled statistics highlighting a significant upsurge in visitor engagement across the United States' national parks in 2023. With an impressive tally reaching 325.5 million, the national parks witnessed a 4% increase, translating to an additional 13 million visits compared to the previous year. Amid this nationwide uptrend, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) in Ohio emerged as a standout, drawing 2.86 million visitors.

Distribution of visits between NPS designations.
Distribution of visits between NPS designations.

CVNP Superintendent Lisa Petit expressed gratitude for the continued interest and diverse visitorship, emphasizing the park's year-round appeal and the unique experiences it offers across different seasons. The park's visitation report further detailed that half of its 2023 attendance occurred from May through August, with July marking the zenith of its popularity as 402,000 enthusiasts flocked to the park.

This surge in visits not only underscores the public's growing affinity for natural and historical treasures but also influences the NPS's strategies for managing park experiences to ensure visitor satisfaction. The introduction of the Visitation Statistics Dashboard has enhanced the NPS's ability to monitor and respond to visitation trends, offering comprehensive data across the network of parks since as far back as 1979 for some locations.

The expansion of reported visitation statistics to include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories marks a significant milestone for the NPS, reflecting its dedication to making national parks accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience. This inclusivity was bolstered in 2023 by the addition of five new parks to the reporting roster, including a notable first from Delaware.

Spanning over 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River, CVNP represents a harmonious blend of nature and culture, providing a sanctuary for both recreation and reflection. The park's management and the broader National Park Service continue to work tirelessly, alongside communities nationwide, to preserve these precious landscapes and the stories they hold, fostering a deep connection between the American people and their shared heritage.


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