Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath

EASY 97 reviews

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath is a 80.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Zoar, Ohio that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

80.3 miles
1,217 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

road biking

trail running







historic site

2 months ago

It is a terrific trail with great scenery. The most well-marked trail I have ever ridden. The surface was very smooth from Akron all the way to Cleveland.
Terry J.

Excellent ride

mountain biking
3 months ago

This trail is so fun to ride. It’s not so much mountain biking (pretty flat and mostly paved/gravel), but beautiful scenery and fun shops, restaurants, and bars along the way.

4 months ago

Probably one of my all time favorite trails. I spend so much time here. I love the wildlife. There’s owls. There’s ducks. There’s herons. This trail is amazing. Be aware that the bridge in back of Szalays is out so you have to take a little detour. This is my running trail as well. I wish I could give this place 6 stars. So many wonderful memories here

road biking
5 months ago

Beautiful and relaxing with opportunity for hours of riding!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nice for biking plenty of trails to explore on foot too

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Nice hike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Unless you're on a bike I wouldn't suggest taking this trail. I hiked it and dealt with bikes almost nonstop from both directions.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

It was too early for all that but it was a nice ride. The history of these towpaths is fasinating.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

A wonderful early morning ride. I love the bridges, train depot and other man made atractions mixed in with nature and history.

mountain biking
Friday, October 07, 2016

I agree with Mairah that the traffic noise takes away from the experience. Other than the traffic noise it was a beautiful ride.

mountain biking
Friday, October 07, 2016

It was a nice bike ride. I only gave it a 3 because of the traffic nearby.

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

So much cool stuff to see and learn. It was an easy ride on a nice day.

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Really nice ride. We only had mountain bikes with us but passed several people on road bikes. A great trip for history buffs.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

19.5 miles with 10 trailheads providing access. It is a great way to see the park and get as much exercise as you want. We really enjoyed exploring the trail at the Beaver Marsh/Boardwalk, Peninsula and Boston Visitor Center areas. Luckily our visit coincided with the harvest moon and we were also able to participate in a very popular three mile ranger-led full moon hike on the Towpath north from Boston...very memorable!

road biking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great trail for biking, walking and running. The trail follows the CVNP train and has many places you can stop along side of the trail such as, the beaver marsh, Szalays farm market, Boston mills visitor center and several other locations. It's one of the greatest assets the CVNP has to offer!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I do enjoy this trail but some parts u hear lots of noisy traffic that's not so relaxing . Awesome trail for biking in the fall it's so beautiful I love to take my daughter on my bike

road biking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great! Such a beautiful and fresh area:)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Trails is crushed limestone and about 6 miles long not 18.5 as listed. There is a tunnel under railroad tracks and a bridge over the Tuscarawas River near Rt 212. Trail is fairly flat except for a hill about a mile from Rt 212.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Very flat walk along the Towpath throughout but some nice scenery along the way. I tend to frequent the trails around the towpath more often as the path itself is usually very congested with bike traffic.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The towpath is quite nice. I actually was able to follow it with any trouble. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice scenic trail.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Always a treat, whether walking or biking. Lots of wildlife and the national park stores that serve snacks at Boston and Peninsula make them great places to take a break. Have not done Bike and Board, but the trains seem to be on time and $3 is a bargain for a one way train trip back.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The scenery along the trail was beautiful but the trail itself was very rough riding. Horses, bikes and feet had been on the trail when it was muddy & after it dried, it made for a rough ride!

road biking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Great trail ride or walk for all ages along the Historic Erie Canal tow path.
Pros: Well marked and maintained. Historic features along the entire path with muliple hiking trail off shoots.
Cons: Very crowded most days.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'be gone from Harvard Rd. in Cleveland to Akron and everywhere in-between! Has many great side trails, fishing
spots and various shops and nature centers.

Friday, February 22, 2013

I LOVE this trail! It's been one of my absolute favorites for years! The paths are extremely clear, nicely kept, and the area is very nice to walk through. Definitely great for anyone who wants to enjoy a nice, casual hike.

road biking
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Really neat trail in the Cuyahoga National Park. The trail runs between the Cuyahoga River and the old Ohio and Erie canal. You pass old limestone
canal locks every 1/2 to 1 mile along the trail. There are several visitor centers and point-of-interest marked that explain the workings and history
of the canal. Most bikers choose to start at the southern end of the trail and
bike north (which is a slight downhill grade), then catch the train back south
to complete the ride. The train stops at several stations just off the trail.
The crew takes excellent care loading your bike on the train and the cost is
only $2.00! Unlike most of our national parks, there is no admission charge.
If you would like to help improve and expand the trail system in the park you can make a donation to the Trail Forever endowment fund.

mountain biking
Saturday, February 11, 2012

I usually pick it up at the train depot in Brecksville and make the round trip to Penisula and back. Don't have a speedometer on my bike, so not sure of the actual mileage roundtrip.

Easy ride for those just getting back into shape.

mountain biking
Monday, May 16, 2011

A really good easy trail. Relatively flat with areas of hard pack and some pavement along with wooden trail bridges. Nice scenery through the woods. If you start from the canal side you can take a break after the 13 mile ride in peninsula with a lunch at the winking lizard. There is also century cycle right next door for any bike needs. Hop back on the trail for a return 12 mile bike ride back to canal. A fun easy ride the whole family can do. Perfect length at about 24 miles round trip give or take a couple miles. Might be a little boring for mountain bikers looking for some up and downs or single track but overall it's got what you need to get out on your bike to enjoy a full day

road biking
1 month ago

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