Five Stanford Trail campsites are available to Towpath Trail and backcountry trail users from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. A water tank, portable toilet, and firewood are provided for campers.
The campsites are located a short walk from the Stanford House lodging facility (formerly the Stanford Youth Hostel) located at 6093 Stanford Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264.
Parking for campsite users is not permitted at the Stanford House, but campers may park in any nearby Towpath Trail parking lot.
Reservations are required; contact the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Reservation Office, Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm, at 330-657-2909 x119.
Walk-up campers should check campsite availability at the Stanford House Office, weekdays 4:00 - 7:00pm, and weekends 3:00 - 7:00pm.
Fees are $25 per night per campsite ($20 for Conservancy members), 6-person limit. Group rental is $100 per night for all five campsites.
Nearby amenities and landmarks include the village of Boston Mill, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Boston Mill Station, Boston Store Visitor Center, Trail Mix Store, M.D. Garage art gallery, Boston Mills Ski Area, and Brandywine Falls.
Heritage Farms in Peninsula
Primitive camping is available at Heritage Farms in the village of Peninsula. Five tent sites are available that can accommodate four adults or a single family, no more than two tents. Two three-sides shelter sites are available that can accommodate two adults or a small family.
Sites are $25 per night. Call 330-657-2330 to make a reservation. Check-in time is 12:00 - 5:00pm. Walk-ins for available sites are accepted after 5:00pm.
Each site includes a trash can and picnic table. A water tank for washing water is provided; bring your own drinking water. A centrally-located campfire site is provided with starter firewood. Additional firewood and bottled water is available for purchase.
No outside firewood, no smoking, no alcoholic beverages, no firearms, and no pets are allowed.
Heritage Farms is a 168-year-old 5th generation family-owned farm located at 6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula, Ohio (about 1/4 mile south of State Route 303).
Summit Metro Parks Camp Sites
The Summit Metro Parks provides campgrounds at two locations along the Towpath Trail:
Big Bend Trailhead in northern Akron
New Franklin Township, about 1/4 mile south of the Franklin Trailhead on Center Road, north of the village of Clinton
Campsites are primitive, with no running water or restroom facilities available. Camping is permitted for one-night stays only, and sites are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations are not required, although campers are required to sign-in at the kiosk by providing their names, zip codes, arrival date, the number of people in their group, and their departure date.
To confirm details and availability, contact the administrative offices at 330-867-5511, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
Stark County Parks District
The Rivers Edge Camping Area is located near the Bridgeport Quarry Trailhead, about 2-1/2 miles north of downtown Massillon. Use is free of charge for hikers or cyclists; drive-up camping is not allowed. Call 330-353-2377 to register or confirm details and availability.