Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park website


This multi-purpose trail was developed by the National Park Service and is the major trail through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Open 24 hours a day, this trail follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal through the Cuyahoga River valley.  This north-south trail currently extends more than 81 miles from Cuyahoga County, through Summit and Stark counties, to Tuscarawas County and will eventually extend 110 miles upon completion.

From the trail, cyclists can make connections to many of the natural and historic sites in the park and to other trails that intersect it along the way.  Cyclists can enjoy the scenic flavor of restaurants and shops near Lock 29 in Peninsula and Lock 39 near Rockside Road while the more adventurous may want to park their bikes and make the trek to the secluded beauty of the Blue Hen and Buttermilk water falls.  History buffs will enjoy visits to the trail’s visitor centers, the Boston Mills and Cascade Lock historic districts and many other sites.

This trail is level and hard-packed and is fully accessible for people of all ages and abilities.  (Please note that this is a shared-use trail with pedestrians and you should expect to encounter baby strollers and wheelchairs as well as other cyclists.)  This trail includes many picnic areas, restrooms and has many access points to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

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Trailhead Start:
Trailhead Finish:
Trail Length: 81 miles
Trail Trailhead Start Trailhead Finish Length
North County Line to Station Road Bridge13513 Station Rd. Brecksville, OH 441412.6 miles
Station Road Bridge to Red Lock13513 Station Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141 1175 Highland Road, Sagamore Hills2.5 miles
Red Lock to Boston Store1175 Highland Road, Sagamore Hills1548 Boston Mills Rd. Peninsula, OH 442641.9 miles
Boston Store to Lock 291548 Boston Mills Rd. Peninsula, OH 442641650 Mill St., Peninsula, OH, 442642.3 miles
Lock 29 to Deep Lock Quarry1650 Mill St., Peninsula, OH, 442645779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula.8 miles
Deep Lock Quarry to Hunt Farm5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula2045 Bolanz Rd. Peninsula, OH 442642.5 miles
Hunt Farm to Indigo Lake2045 Bolanz Rd. Peninsula, OH 442644300 Riverview Rd. Peninsula, OH 44264.5 miles
Indigo Lake to Ira Rd4300 Riverview Rd. Peninsula, OH 442643801 Riverview Rd Peninsula, OH 44264.8 miles
Ira Rd to Botsum3801 Riverview Rd Peninsula, OH 442642928 Riverview Rd. Akron, OH 443131.9 miles
Botzum to Portage Path2928 Riverview Rd. Akron, OH 443131431 North Portage Path Akron, OH 443102.7 miles
Portage Path to Big Bend1431 North Portage Path Akron, OH 443101337 Merriman Rd. Akron, OH 44313.8 miles
Big Bend to Memorial Parkway1337 Merriman Rd. Akron, OH 44313499 Memorial Parkway Akron, OH 443102 miles
Memorial Parkway to Mustil Store499 Memorial Parkway Akron, OH 44310248 Ferndale St. Akron, OH 443041.1 miles
Mustil Store to Beech St248 Ferndale St. Akron, OH 4430440 Beech St. Akron, OH 44308.3 miles
Beech St to Lock 340 Beech St. Akron, OH 44308200 S. Main St. Akron, OH 44308.6 miles
Lock 3 to Hower House200 S. Main St. Akron, OH 4430847 W. Exchange St. Akron, OH 44308.2 miles
Hower House to Summit Lake47 W. Exchange St. Akron, OH 44308380 W. Crosier St. Akron, OH 443111.9 miles
Summit Lake to Wilbeth Rd380 W. Crosier St. Akron, OH 44311392 W. Wilbeth Rd. Akron, OH 443011.4 miles
Wilbeth Rd to Manchester Rd392 W. Wilbeth Rd. Akron, OH 443012740 Manchester Rd. Akron, OH 443191.7 miles
Manchester Rd to Barberton2740 Manchester Rd. Akron, OH 443195 Fairview Ave. Barberton, OH 442032.6 miles
Barberton to Wolf Creek5 Fairview Ave. Barberton, OH 4420333 Snyder Ave. Barberton, OH 442031.6 miles
Wolf Creek to Vanderhoof Rd33 Snyder Ave. Barberton, OH 442032445 Vanderhoof Rd. New Franklin, OH 442032.3 miles
Vanderhoof Rd to Franklin2445 Vanderhoof Rd. New Franklin, OH 442032328 Center Rd. New Franklin, OH 442162.4 miles
Franklin to Clinton2328 Center Rd. New Franklin, OH 442162749 North St. Clinton, OH 442161.4 miles
Clinton to South County Line2749 North St. Clinton, OH 442161.1 miles