Choose your own adventure within the [Cuyahoga Valley National] Park, whether you want to ride the rails or pedal the trails, scope out birds or cast a line.
THE VITALS - Rent a bike from Century Cycles in Peninsula to hit the Towpath Trail or other bike-friendly paths nearby. Rentals are $9 per hour, and bikes can be rented Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun noon-5 p.m., up to 90 minutes before closing. For more information, visit centurycycles.com.
THE DETAILS - Century Cycles' rentals are comfort bikes designed for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, says owner Scott Cowan, and his Peninsula shop is conveniently near the Lock 29 Trailhead. He prefers heading south on the trail, and what you see will be distinctly different depending on the direction you choose.
EXPERT ADVICE - Cowan also recommends the Summit County Bike & Hike Trail and the Old Carriage Trail. "[The Carriage Trail] is quite a hill," he says. "That one would probably be my favorite one, but it's not for the faint of heart going up or down." Beaver Marsh is another of his favorites. "You really feel like you're 100 miles away sitting [there]."