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Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is an 60-mile multi-use trail that provides recreationl use within three counties in Ohio. The Towpath Trail travels through metropolitan cities,local villages, regional metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

photo: Floating Towpath. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

Length: 94.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Nature Trail
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: The Towpath Trail begins in Cleveland, north of Harvard Road, travels, through Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Metroparks, Serving Summit County, through the remainder of Summit County, and ends in Tuscarawas County.
State(s): Ohio
Counties: Cuyahoga, Summit, Tuscarawas
Longitude: -81.69337
Latitude: 41.493662

Driving Directions

Many access points between Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Counties off of either Interstate 77 or State Route 8.

Description

With 94 contiguous miles of trail and 56 trailhead parking lots, the Towpath Trail offers adventures of any distance and difficulty within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. The trail goes through cities such as Cleveland and Akron and smaller rural areas in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties. 18 miles of the Towpath Trail are in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The section of trail in Stark County is named in honor of Congressman Ralph Regula, an Ohio Congressman who was instrumental in getting the Towpath Trail built and designating the National Heritage Area.

The Towpath Trail features historical 19th century lock remnants and plenty of educational panels about the history and nature of Ohio. Select overnight parking is available and there are some campsites and other accommodations for a multiday trip. Trail surfaces vary from paved to crushed limestone and restaurants and visitor centers are available at points along the trail. Tired of pedaling? The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will take you and your bike up and down the length of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

For more details on what to do along the Towpath Trail, see, https://www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/explore/the-towpath-trail/

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Other
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1977

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: NPS Cuyahoga Valley National Park Towpath Trail
Website: Canalway Partners

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Cuyahoga Valley
National Recreation Area
15610 Vaughan Rd.
Brecksville, OH 44141

 

Photos

The iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, an 80+ spine connecting Cleveland to central OH. Photo by Kyle Lanzer.

The iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, an 80+ spine connecting Cleveland to central OH. Photo by Kyle Lanzer.

The iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, an 80+ spine connecting Cleveland to central OH. Photo by Kyle Lanzer.

The iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, an 80+ spine connecting Cleveland to central OH. Photo by Kyle Lanzer.

 

Industrial Relics. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Industrial Relics. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Bald Eagle. Photo by Kyle Lanzer.

Bald Eagle. Photo by Kyle Lanzer.

 

Floating Towpath. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

Floating Towpath. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

Canal Boat, Canal Fulton. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

Canal Boat, Canal Fulton. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

 

Tuscarawas River, Dover Dam. Photo by Tom Jones.

Tuscarawas River, Dover Dam. Photo by Tom Jones.

Towpath Runner. Photo by Canalway Partners.

Towpath Runner. Photo by Canalway Partners.

 

Towpath in Cleveland. Photo by Canalway Partners.

Towpath in Cleveland. Photo by Canalway Partners.

Heronry. Photo by Anthony Boarman.

Heronry. Photo by Anthony Boarman.

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