If you'd like to experience a multi-day bicycle touring adventure on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, there are several options available for camping near the trail.
The information listed below is current as of May 2018. Please contact the responsible organizations to confirm availability and details before planning your trip.
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Stanford House Backcountry Campsites
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; as of June 14, 2017, online registration is now available. Click here for more information and reservation links.
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. Our Peninsula store is about 3 miles south via the Towpath Trail (exit through the Lock 29 parking lot).
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-sided shelter sites are available that can accommodate two adults or a small family.
Tent sites are $25 per night; shelters are $35 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.
For campground rules and regulations, see: www.summitmetroparks.org/camping.aspx
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.
- KOA Streetsboro - about 10 miles east of Peninsula via State Route 303
- Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park - south of Akron, about 6 to 10 miles east of the Towpath, depending on the route taken
- Canal Fulton Canoe Livery & Campground offers two primitive camp sites, located one block from the Towpath Trail in downtown Canal Fulton.
- KOA Canton/East Sparta a.k.a. Bear Creek Resort Ranch - about 7-1/2 miles off of the Towpath Trail from Navarre
- NTR Canoe Livery allows primitive camping on their grounds, located in the village of Bolivar just a couple of miles from the Towpath Trail.