Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath: Wilbeth to State

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Akron, Ohio

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath: Wilbeth to State is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Akron, Ohio that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.9 miElevation gain95 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Mary Findley
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For most of the trail you will see people's backyards, and the rest will be construction sites, factories, or an impound lot with an oil well. We saw ducks, but they were floating with plastic bottles and random garbage. I swear the only reason this route ends is because you pass a factory that smells like dirty diapers and maple syrup and that's a good place to turn around. Some parts are probably nicer w/ some foliage though ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sidenote: I will say that if you are weird like me and enjoy places with a decaying industrial/dystopian kind of vibe, then you will like the area north of where this route begins.

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Eric Kline
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Awesome!

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David Reymann
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nice. semi cold.

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David Reymann
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David Reymann
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David Reymann
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Home Baird
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David Reymann
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David Reymann
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Lisa Testa
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trail is gravel and paved, well maintained.

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Sarah Holley
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this was kind of scary, in a rundown neighborhood. barbed wire throughout the path, litter in the water area... will not do again!

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Josh Isenberg
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Paved bike trail through an industrial area—glad to see it is a model of restorative ecology and the investment in the local neighborhoods and protecting nature, but it is not a very pretty walk.

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Steve Finical
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Not the prettiest section of the towpath but nice. Saw a lot of wildlife and enjoyed it!

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Charley Walters
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Pretty ugly section. Most of it runs through industrial lands, so there isn’t much quiet until south of Vanderhoof Rd. The entire section is on the OECTT, so it’s really flat and easy to hike or bike.

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tim weible
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Very nice winter hike but icey trail can be treacherous. I wore micro-spikes and had no problem. Hike took approximately 1.5 hours with a few side trips in the rocks and Ice Cave.

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Patrick Winningham
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Very nice, casual hike. Nothing too strenuous, but the ledges are great fun. While you are not technically allowed to climb the rocks, there are plenty of spur trails in valleys and caves. Great for kids too. The Happy Days visitor center is the closest one - maps can be gotten there. There is no charge for this National Park.

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John Caruso
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Cathy Ivancic
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Kathy Smithberger
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Bethany Collins
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Joe Ritz
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Joe Ritz
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Joe Ritz
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Michelle and Jeanne
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Joe Ritz
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Eric Kline
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Joe Ritz
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Joe Ritz
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Joe Ritz
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Joe Ritz
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