The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (or just "The Towpath" for short) is a biking and hiking trail that runs north and south, generally following the path of the Cuyahoga River and the old Ohio & Erie Canal. The surface is mostly smooth crushed limestone, with occasional paved sections. The terrain is mostly flat and suitable for children and adults of all abilities.
The Towpath passes through a variety of wooded environments and neighborhoods, with scenic natural beauty and historic and cultural landmarks, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are numerous trailheads that provide parking and access to the trail. Our Peninsula store is located right on the trail; if you don't have a bike, you can even rent one from us there. Or, join us for one of our Night Rides on the Towpath!
If you'd like to plan an overnight bicycle trip on the Towpath, there are several campgrounds available near the trail.
The Summit County section of the Towpath Trail was the first to be completed entirely within a county, with the the 2012 completion of a stretch near Barberton. With the finishing of a bypass next to downtown Massillon in the fall of 2014, it is also now complete through Stark County. With these additions, you can now bike or hike along 80 miles of uninterrupted trail, from Harvard Road in Cleveland to just outside the village of Bolivar. The eventual plan is for the trail to run continuously from the shore of Lake Erie all the way south to New Philadelphia.
There is a short section of the Towpath near the Steelyard Commons shopping plaza south of downtown Cleveland, and another short section along Scranton Road in the flats of Cleveland.