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
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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.
Counties: Cuyahoga, Summit, Tuscarawas
Many access points between Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Counties off of either Interstate 77 or State Route 8.
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/
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 DocumentsWebsite: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: NPS Cuyahoga Valley National Park Towpath Trail
Website: Canalway Partners
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.
National Recreation Area
15610 Vaughan Rd.
Brecksville, OH 44141
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