Northwest of downtown Akron, along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, lies the Merriman Valley. Over 20 restaurants and bars serve outstanding cuisine, featuring Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, American, and more. You will find everything from a holistic stone and gift shop, craft your own taco bar, flowers, bicycles, cigars and much more. Visit the Weathervane Playhouse which offers some of Northeast Ohio's finest productions in an intimate setting.
Those interested in history should visit Hale Farm & Western Reserve Village for a glimpse into how life was lived nearly two centuries ago. Visit Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens to learn more about the Industrial Age at the turn of the twentieth century. The Merriman Valley is the gateway to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and to the Summit County Metroparks. Enjoy miles of hiking on the Towpath Trail, kayaking on the Cuyahoga River and more. Miles of new mountain biking trails have been added to the National Park for those who love adventure.
Renovation and Plans
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs from Akron to Independence, making different stops along the way. After steadfast efforts by community leaders, city officials and elected representatives, purchase of the vacant land for the future train depot has recently been approved! Reviving Merriman Valley with this train depot will create increased foot traffic, attract new and retain existing businesses, create jobs, generate tax dollars, increase property values, and enhance the overall vitality of the district.
Street resurfacing is currently underway throughout the City of Akron!