Ira Road to Old Portage Shelter via Buckeye Trail

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ira Road to Old Portage Shelter via Buckeye Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length7.7 miElevation gain610 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestPartially pavedRiverWaterfall
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This route combines dirt trail, sidewalks, road walking, and the Towpath. Start at the Ira Road Trailhead and head south on the Towpath until you hit Ira. Head right and walk along Ira Rd until you see the small Buckeye Trail sign on the left side of the road. A few miles later, turn left on Bath Rd and hug the shoulder for at least a half mile until you come to Roverview Rd. The Buckeye Trail is to the right of the Cuyahoga River, but left of Riverview Rd which is somewhat hard to find. Take that to the Towpath and that will eventually lead you a sidewalk which you'll take to the Buckeye and Dogwood Trail. Bathrooms are available around 5 miles in at the Mingo Shelter. The Ira Trailhead usually fills up by 10 AM on weekends.

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Christine Lang
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Cold winter day but AWESOME conditions with our Yaktrax! The Buckeye trail part and Deer Run are definitely moderate to difficult hiking depending on your fitness. The climb of a thousand stairs (Lol) was INCREDIBLE. We loved this hike and will do again!!!

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Tiffany Blankenship
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Thomas Grealis
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The trail is in great shape right now.

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Evan Kamis
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Red lock trail head

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Sachin Aggarwal
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Julie Hill
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The first half on the Buckeye Trail is beautiful. Short walk on Yellow-Creek Rd. to connect to the Towpath Trail back to Martin Rd.

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Shirley McCormack
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Have walked this trail twice in a week. Love the hills and paths first 4.4 miles or so. Disappointed when the trail dead ends on A portion of the Towpath near a water treatment plant (fence with sign noted that the trail was closed). Took Towpath back to trailhead in 2.2 miles.

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Jim Williams
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One of our favorite trails. Tons of wildlife. Rarely gets muddy. Top 5 in NE Ohio.

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Donna Hann
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6/7/20 hike with dad nick and Aubrey. Only recorded trip when we turned back toward parking lot. Total 4 mile. Lots of elevation

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Jean Rae
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Awesome trail but a little difficult to find. Follow your GPS from the parking lot. You are not on the towpath trail very long. You need to go just a bit on the road. Perfect for a hot day. A lot of woods and beautiful scenery

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Candice Woody
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love this trail

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Vicky Mastroianni
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love this trail. nice workout. many hills and stairs. beautiful scenery. I parked at Its and started there. did about halfway then turned around. I will do this one again.

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Violet Stenger
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We just hiked a small portion and I’d rate it not to be missed. We parked near Ira Road at the Beaver Marsh parking lot. If you turn left on the main trail, the marsh is just 5 minutes down the accessible trail. We took a stroller. The marsh is teeming with wildlife. Be sure to stay to the right so cyclists can pass.

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Charley Walters
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Beautiful walk. A good mix of trails in the woods and flat tow path walking. I would give this a moderate rating, because the woods hiking have some decent elevation change. Plenty of places to use the restrooms along public facilities. Trail is fairly well marked for most of the walk. Lots of wildlife and plenty of birds to see.

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Evan Kamis
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Madelaine Braver
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Dawn Etchell
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Jacob Crane
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DaVinci Cody Riese
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Tim Barzal
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Ben Schmiel
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Cathy Rooney
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JC Williams
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Trish T
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Ian R
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Suzi Bittner
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Shawna B
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Brandon Currie
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Andy Wozniak
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