This Entire Town in Ohio was Turned into a National Park

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Located in northeast Ohio you'll find the quaint rural village of Boston Township tucked inside Ohio's only National Park, Cuyahoga Valley.

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Home to just over 1,000 residents, this historically preserved town is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, far from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding Amish Country stops. A trip to this village will have you feeling as if you're worlds away from everything.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park was officially established as a National Park back in the 1970s. The park subsequently purchased many buildings and roads in the town. Today, the town of Boston remains one of the only towns in the country that's actually a part of a National Park. Keep reading to learn more.

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Small villages like Boston were formed along the Ohio and Erie Canal back in the early 1800s. By mid-century, the village had boat yards, a lumber mill, a brickyard, and a warehouse.
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Start your journey through the town in what was once known as the Boston Store, built in 1836. Today, it is the Boston Mill Visitor Center. Inside, you'll find maps, souvenirs, and volunteers who will help plan your visit.
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The town is home to many trails that come alive with hikers, bikers, and history lovers every year. The Stanford Trailhead and Brandywine Trail Loop will lead you to the beautiful Brandywine Falls.

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There are also many exhibits to explore here complete with Ohio Historical Markers that help explain the history and pay homage to the notable people who established the town.
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One of the many exhibits includes this well-preserved vintage gas station. It houses an art exhibit and other tiny pieces of history inside.

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You can also access the beautiful Cuyahoga River from the Boston Trailhead located inside the town. Located at 1508 Boston Mills Road, there is limited parking inside the lot. The river is a popular spot for kayakers in the summer months.
Because the village of Boston is located inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, admission is completely free.
From Cleveland, the village is a quick 30-minute drive down I-77 South. From Akron, Ohio, it's a mere 20-minute drive north via either Riverview Road or OH-8 North. From Columbus, Ohio, Boston Township is about a two-hour drive on I-71 North; take the same route if coming from Cincinnati, and you can expect about a 3.5-hour drive.
Park officials recommend parking at the Ledges trail area during peak hours, since it is the largest lot. Other available options include parking at the Canal Exploration Center or the parking lots at Brandywine Falls and Blue Hen Falls.
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