Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The 85 mile long Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail runs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio (near Cleveland) and I have to admit I didn’t know there was a National Park in Ohio until a couple of months ago!  When I found out, I decided to see it as soon as possible.  I planned my three day itinerary after booking an Airbnb.  Located less than four hours from my house near Cincinnati, I began my adventure bicycling 21 miles along the trail from the Big Bend trail head in Akron to the Canal Exploration Center trail head closer to Cleveland, and then took the Scenic Train through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park back to my car.  It’s only $3.00 for bicyclists to ride one way!  There are 13 trail heads within the Park.


As you can see, the trail is beautiful!  There’s construction going on between the sections of Big Bend and Botzum and not much scenery, so I would begin in Botzum.


I bicycled day before yesterday, a Wednesday, so there weren’t many people on it, which was nice.


The Beaver Marsh area is really cool…didn’t see a beaver though.


There were frogs and turtles…


Just off the trail (you can’t miss it), is the Szalay’s Farm Market…


Very cute with lots of fresh produce…



Yummy…juicy watermelon!


Love these tunnels…


I stopped at the Winking Lizard Tavern in the cute town of Peninsula for a bite to eat and a flight of beer…


I just happened to notice this cute Santa in a tree just outside the restaurant…


Back on the trail…more things to take photos of…


This lock water is quite green!  Back in the 19th century mules pulled canal boats filled with passengers and goods up and down the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.


Choo choo, here comes the Scenic Train!  There’s someone to load your bike on…so easy!


I met three very nice gentleman, Kurt and Jeff and I can’t remember the other guy’s name…


What a fun day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

12 thoughts on “Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

  1. Hi Sherry,
    Now that, the towpath, is one of the items way up my bucket list for bicycling. And this part you show here, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, might just be the thing, as it’s not too long a distance. Well, I wouldn’t be ab;e to do it in one day, though. Now you’ve made me really think of it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pictures: eve so lovely!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

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