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Boston to Red Lock Loop via Buckeye Trail and Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Boston to Red Lock Loop via Buckeye Trail and Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brecksville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 774 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall
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sw trex
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jon may
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Nick Emery
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Great trail

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Steven Chorma
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Nice mix of sites and trail. Lots of upside and downs

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Joe Hall
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If you start at red lock. Is there about a half mike connector to the buckeye trail? Thus, taking buckeye to Boston and back to red lock via valley?

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Jacob Bresciani
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Great!

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Melissa Kimpel
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Great hike but the description isn’t accurate. You can’t park on the road there are signs and cones and the parking lot is closed

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Gregg Thauvette
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Made the whole loop in about 3.5 hours. Gets pretty arduous towards the end. Peaceful though; not too many people once you get into the woods.

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Rich Swerbinsky
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The best trail I've ever run/walked. Hard to even fathom a less than 5* rating for someone that truly enjoyed all 7.8 miles. Something for everyone. Woods, ravines, bridges, stairs, gorges, waterfalls, some big meadow of overgrown brush, and the last 2.r miles on the Erie Canal Towpath. If you do it clockwise, you start out on Boston Mills Rd for a half mile or so before right turning into the woods, where you stay until there's just a couple miles left. The first half (almost exactly, 3.85 miles) of this trail is very hilly, up and down, but overall is a challenging 958 uphill and the last 4.05 miles is all predominantly downhill. I am a 43 year old guy, pretty decent shape, did this entire trail at a 13:49/mile pace in 1 hour and 48 min, and was exhausted after. The first 5.5 miles is all through the woods with little to no traffic. You run up a big hill and back down it, with a bevy of spectacular views of gorges, waterfalls, ravines. The hill is challenging in that there are some big uphill stretches and most of the downhill needs done slowly as it gets steep in spots and is heavily wooded/rooted. There are some good spots though going up and down the hill where you can get after it and run fast if you choose too. Had some fun moments sprinting as fast as I could through heavily wooded areas with no one within shouting distance. Much of the "in the woods" part is as part of the Buckeye Trail, which I've heard of and seemed awesome. It was also well-marked with sky blue paint strips on the trees to guide you. I did need to use my GPS a few times throughout the run to make sure I was still on the right course. Was next to no traffic till you emerge from the woods to the Erie Canal Towpath, which was crowded. But it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in late August. I will definitely be doing this trail again. HIGHLY recommend.

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Drew Rivera
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Definitely a good challenging trail to walk on. Starts out pretty simple on the pavement then gets challenging with a lot of elevated hills the rest of the way. I unfortunately was not able to finish the entire Trail as the sun had already went down however there is a road that splits in between the trail in case you need to break off.

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Joey Crookshanks
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Nice elevation at the beginning and easy ending on the towpath. Beautiful trail.

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Michele Normandin
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This trail had everything ... challenging hills, beautiful waterfall, scenic gorges. On a Saturday it was very heavily trafficked before and at Blue Hen Falls but afterwards you will have the trail mostly to yourself. Tricky little piece of the Buckeye trail that takes you across a small creek. GPS comes in handy in some sports. All in all a very pleasant 3.5 hours and 8.8 miles according to Fitbit.

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Jessica Donnelly
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Perfect day, not terribly crowded. Just at blue hen falls and on the bike trail. Had a blast!

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Nicholas Breth
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very fun hike with a few views and an overlook. a bit of maintenance at the start but overall very good

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Jean Rae
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Trail is great after the first mile and a half. First mile and a half is a bike and running trail so it’s very crowded. Once you are on the road you walk 1/4 mile and the trail is then to the left and not marked so you have to watch. After that you on a trail that is not crowded and mostly in the woods! The trail was dry today and our dog was able to walk in the creek while on leash about 6 miles in.

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Taylor L
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This was a great trail but more for advanced hikers. Started at 8:15 am and finished at 12:35 pm and was 9.2 miles with going to buttermilk falls

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Julius Kwolek
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Absolutely love this trial. Mostly single track. Great for running. Nice elevation variation. Sadly the last 1+ mile is pretty boring compressed gravel bike trial, but most of this loop is glorious - especially at sunset

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Georgiann DeWerth
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My favorite by far... Gorgeous trail loop

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Natalia Zorkin
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It’s a beautiful trail yet very muddy, so dress appropriately. Amazing views...

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Anna Canter
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Extremely muddy and flooded like everyone else said, however was a total blast and made it actually more fun! Obviously expect to be muddy but if you have a pair of sturdy biker boots you will be fine. Did have to remove shoes all together for a brief moment towards the end to get through some flooded grass, but was a really good hike!

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Autumn Cooper
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About a quarter way through the trail is under about 8 inches of water. Tried to find alternative ways around but no luck. Had to turn around.

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Jody Oelbracht
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If you’re looking for a challenging hike, but at a moderate distance, this is a good one! Parked at the Boston Mills Visitors Center and caught the Buckeye Trail there, ending the hike on the towpath. My tracker said this was 8.5 round trip. There’s a lot of up and down incline, and the trail can be muddy, so go in with fresh legs and appropriate shoes. Well-marked, all sections open now. Blue Hen Falls is still closed (and the parking lots you’ll walk through have barriers), but you’ll veer left to follow the BT before reaching Blue Hen.

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Jacob Orwell
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Very muddy but I did go after it rained all night and morning. One stream was hard to cross because of the rain and had to balance across a fell tree to cross. Overall pretty fun.

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Alice Monk
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A very good hike. There was a short part of the trail that ran along the road. Otherwise, excellent views and overall a great trail.

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Jordin Cochran
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Carmen Fultz
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Sam Sharp
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DaVinci Cody Riese
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