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Length
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Bike and Hike Trail

34.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail

0.25 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway

17 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Ernst Bike Trail

6.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Freedom Trail (OH)

8.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Garrett Wonders Bike Trail

3.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Gates Mills Interurban Bridge

0.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Harrison-Dillard Bikeway

3.74 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Headwaters Trail

8 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

5.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lake to Lake Trail

2.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Maple Highlands Trail

18.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Gravel

MetroParks Bikeway

10.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Morgana Run Trail

2.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Newton Falls Trail

0.75 mi
State: OH
Concrete

Niles Greenway

4.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

81.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Ohio to Erie Trail

271.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Portage Hike and Bike Trail

9.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Shenango River Trail

7 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Trout Island Trail

2.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Big Creek Reservation All Purpose Trail provides a paved pathway connecting the Mill Stream Run Reservation, Big Creek Reservation, and the Fern Hill Picnic Area. At its southern end, you can connect...
OH 7.4 mi Asphalt
Though not far from two of Ohio’s largest cities, Cleveland and Akron, the Bike and Hike Trail passes alongside beautiful natural areas, including the 65-foot Brandywine Falls, a stunning cascading...
OH 34.2 mi Asphalt
The Brecksville Reservation All Purpose Trail offers a pleasant paved pathway connecting the community of Brecksville with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, a well-loved 81-mile route from...
OH 6 mi Asphalt
When completed, the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail will make a critical connection between Cleveland's downtown neighborhoods and the vast Lake Erie. As of August 2015, the first phase of the...
OH 0.25 mi Asphalt
The Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway extends 17 miles along the city's Lake Erie shoreline, between the suburbs of Euclid and Lakewood. The bikeway has on-road sections, and the route is signed. The...
OH 17 mi Asphalt
Along its 6-mile path, this paved rail-trail crosses through a rich array of natural habitats, from creek bottomlands to meadow, marsh and forest. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst, who owned the...
PA 6.1 mi Asphalt
Northern Ohio's Freedom Trail currently offers more than 8 miles of tree-lined pathway along the former Freedom Secondary Railroad. From Eastwood Avenue in eastern Akron, the paved trail follows a...
OH 8.2 mi Asphalt
The Garrett Wonders Bike Trail, formerly the Warren Bikeway, is an integral component of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway, which will eventually link Lake Erie and the Ohio River via a multiuse,...
OH 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Gates Mills Interurban Bridge, known locally as simply The Walking Bridge, offers a pedestrian-only route over the scenic Chagrin River. The steel truss bridge was built in 1899 for the Eastern...
OH 0.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Harrison-Dillard Bikeway is a north-south urban path that not only connects the Lake Erie shoreline with the University Circle district, but connects trail users with Cleveland’s cultural past....
OH 3.74 mi Asphalt
The bucolic Headwaters Trail is a pleasant 8-mile journey through the rural landscape between Mantua and Garrettsville. The path has a crushed-stone surface and is mostly shaded. It follows the route...
OH 8 mi Crushed Stone
The Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor runs for more than 5 miles through Painesville, Painesville Township and Concord Township. The elevation rises a little more than 200 feet from Painesville (north...
OH 5.1 mi Asphalt
Cleveland Metroparks’ Lake to Lake Trail links Lake Isaac and Lake Abram in Middleburg Heights via an asphalt- and boardwalk-surfaced path. The two lakes are the largest remaining glacial wetlands in...
OH 2.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Maple Highlands Trail consists of 3 separate segments totaling more than 18 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape,...
OH 18.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The nearly 11-mile MetroParks Bikeway provides a scenic and well-designed link to communities and natural sites in this northeast region of Ohio. The rail-trail follows a corridor between Canfield and...
OH 10.6 mi Asphalt
For nearly 9 miles, the Mill Stream Run Reservation All Purpose Trail runs through a wooded park in Berea, a western suburb of Cleveland. Though the trail loosely parallels Valley Parkway, you will...
OH 8.9 mi Asphalt
The Morgana Run Trail runs on a former Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway corridor through Cleveland’s historic Slavic Village neighborhood. The paved rail-trail connects residents to Cleveland...
OH 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Newton Falls Trail, built on a former railroad bed, follows the Mahoning River as it winds its way downtown. The route provides pleasant neighborhood views of the quaint township that was...
OH 0.75 mi Concrete
The Niles Greenway is a paved, multi-use path running north–south between the county line on the south and the town of Niles. The pleasant trail passes through a mix of wooded areas, scattered light...
OH 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is an amazing trail journey that takes users from the heart of this country’s industrial might in cities like Cleveland and Akron, to some of the most beautiful...
OH 81.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Accordion
The Ohio to Erie Trail is a colossal project, not just for the state of Ohio but also nationally. Dreamed up more than 25 years ago, this route will eventually connect the Ohio River in Cincinnati to...
OH 271.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Portage Hike and Bike Trail stretches nearly 10 miles between Kent and Ravenna, about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland and the southern shores of Lake Erie. As of December 2015, its entire length...
OH 9.8 mi Asphalt
Located on the abandoned Erie and Pittsburgh branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, this short but intriguing trail runs through Pymatuning State Park, a large and popular two-state recreation area...
PA 2.9 mi Ballast
The Rocky River Reservation All Purpose Trail parallels Valley Parkway through several western suburbs of Cleveland, but this is no traditional suburban side path. Instead, the winding trail through...
OH 13.5 mi Asphalt
The Shenango River Trail once served as a towpath along the Erie Canal Extension. During the mid-1800s, mules pulled boats along the canal, linking goods from the Great Lakes to Pittsburgh and beyond....
PA 7 mi Dirt
The Trout Island Trail is planned to be a 13-mile rail-trail along the former Erie and Pittsburgh Railroad. Currently, 2.4 miles are open and fully paved in Sharpsville, following the Shenango River...
PA 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...
OH 43 mi Asphalt

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Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

tandem50

July, 2018 by tandem50

Have split up the trail into several sections from Cleveland to Mass. Really enjoy it. Curious if section North of Mustill Store is open yet. Had been rerouted for sewer project, I think.

Freedom Trail (OH)

Phase 3 not to Akron YET...

July, 2018 by bikin-mike

Found several articles and pictures about the new trailhead on Mill St. in Akron. YEEHA!!! Drove on over. Found some nice artwork on the bridge abutments, some new grass, BUT the trail was just 2 dirt tracks covered with weeds. BUMMER!!! Drove east on Mill and N Forge, turned right on N Arlington and found a new trailhead. All done except for the signs. (See photo) Surrounded by scrap yards and kind of desolate, but parked anyway. Hopped on the bike and rode west toward Akron on a surprisingly beautiful tree-lined and shaded paved trail. Crossed a newly redecked Erie RR bridge over N Forge. Rode under noisy SR8 and then came to an abrupt end of the pavement and a Road Closed sign. (See photo). Think I was about behind Famous Supply on N Union. No trail access there, but did see a neighborhood access back East of SR8. Rode back east, back past the scrap yards, over a new bridge over a RR track and onto the existing trail at Eastwood Ave. Near Eastwood is more wide open since the trail follows power lines. Love what somebody wrote on the Road Closed sign "Finish me Akron....I go nowhere". It'll be nice to someday be able to ride all the way from the Towpath Trail to Ravenna. Just not today......Bikin-Mike 7/8/2018

MetroParks Bikeway

Flat asphalt paved trail is great!

June, 2018 by vicki1960

This is a great trail which runs N/S from Canfield to Niles. Mile 10.6 is at Western Reserve Road in Canfield. Mile 0 connects with the Niles bikeway trail with a seamless connection. Trail goes through open areas of fields and shaded areas through trees. Eateries nearby the trail. Several parking areas along the trail as well.

Accordion

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Massillon to Bolivar

June, 2018 by orangedoug

This is a section that I had not ridden before as it is not part of the Ohio to Erie Trail Route. This is a nice trail with several nice trailheads along the way, but the quality of the trail surface is not as good as that of the crushed limestone surface of the Towpath heading north toward Cleveland. The limestone surface in this portion of the trail is inconsistent. Some areas are typical of the Towpath overall, but in many areas the surface is more of a hard-packed dirt, which would mean mud after periods of rain. In other areas rain runoff has piled the limestone up into soft, loose areas that would be difficult for bikes with thinner tires. Occasionally, you will ride over short sections of pavement which I believe have been put down in areas where there may be flooding problems. Overall I found the condition of the towpath in this section pretty good, but not necessarily up to the quality of sections further north.

In terms of the area and sights along this section I enjoyed this trail. The further south you traveled the more rural the surrounding countryside became. While I might find myself traveling alone for several miles, I did not feel isolated. I came across other cyclists and quite a few pedestrians, through out my ride; not bad for a summer weekday morning.

My one complaint is that the map here in TrailLink shows the trail ending at the McDonnell Trailhead on State Route 212 northwest of Bolivar, Ohio. The trail does pick up after a short ride along Route 212 and makes a link to the Zoar Valley Trail after following bike paths, streets, and sidewalks to the Fort Laurens Memorial Site south of the town. This through-town bike route is well marked. It is much safer than following 212 through town.

Niles Greenway

Nice little trail

June, 2018 by vicki1960

Though 4.5 miles in length, it does connect with the Metro Parks trail at the Trumbull and Mahoning County lines. Niles trail has a small parking lot at Depot Street. A large parking lot with restrooms can be found in Niles on East State Street. Informational signs along the way. Flat asphalt paved. Did notice some bollards were missing approx 1 mile marker so be careful of metal sticking up.

Western Reserve Greenway

Enjoyed the ride

June, 2018 by vicki1960

Nice flat and well maintained paved asphalt trail. Has a variety of open areas; fields. And shaded by tree areas as well.

Ernst Bike Trail

very well maintained trail. somewhat easy biking. we rode on parts of trail not yet complete. Will be really nice once completed but these areas are rideable at this point.

June, 2018 by bpatch

very well maintained trail. somewhat easy biking. we rode on parts of trail not yet complete. Will be really nice once completed but these areas are rideable at this point.

Western Reserve Greenway

great trail

June, 2018 by sarai87

It is a really good trail for all to use.

Maple Highlands Trail

Not too bad...

May, 2018 by adamlasota81

Other than the short stretch of Bridge Road that links Swine Creek to Middlefield, the trail is now paved south from Mountain Run.

However, as of May 2018, there were a couple 1 to 2-foot sections of the trail that'd been cut out for some sort of maintenance and filled with gravel, which had started to wash out due to rain. I found these jarring - even on my mountain. Recommend roadies either dismount, or slow to a near stop so you can see the terrain.

Also, Bridge Road is in rougher condition due to the presence of buggies - but this can be ridden on a road bike with a little extra care so as to not wipe out in a rut, or road apples! Hybrids and mountain bikes will have no issue here.

Niles Greenway

Relaxing ride

May, 2018 by novyx78

This was a nice little ride. Can't wait to take the kids with me next time.

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Towpath Condition Update

May, 2018 by pcturner0277

May 1 was a beautiful evening so after work I rode from Vanderhoof Rd to Forty Corners. The section between Butterbridge Rd (south of Canal Fulton) to Forty Corners was pretty rugged after a hard winter/spring. Lots of washouts and craters so ride a little slower and keep your eyes on the trail. As an alternative ride the Olde Muskingum Trail on the west side. It can be accessed by crossing over the river on Cherry St in Canal Fulton or over the Forty Corners Bridge (now just pedestrians and cyclists) or in the middle on Butterbridge Rd.

Shenango River Trail

Nice walk

March, 2018 by wimer52

Easy path - follow the white blazes - towpath has white blaze with a blue dot. Little maintenance- but worth a visit

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