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Headwaters Trail

8 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Maple Highlands Trail

20.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Gravel

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

81.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Ohio to Erie Trail

271.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places. The...
OH 20.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
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

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Headwaters Trail

OH - 8 miles

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...

Ohio to Erie Trail

OH - 271.9 miles

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...

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

OH - 81.1 miles

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...

Maple Highlands Trail

OH - 20.6 miles

The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places. The...

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

OH - 81.1 miles

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...

Maple Highlands Trail

OH - 20.6 miles

The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places. The...

Headwaters Trail

OH - 8 miles

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...

Ohio to Erie Trail

OH - 271.9 miles

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...

Ohio to Erie Trail

OH - 271.9 miles

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...

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

OH - 81.1 miles

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...

Maple Highlands Trail

OH - 20.6 miles

The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places. The...

Headwaters Trail

OH - 8 miles

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Bridgeway Trail

Lovely for All

May, 2020 by sarabethlowe8

This is a lovely, shaded trail that we found to be one of the best And widest that we have biked. Considerate users, not very crowded, well maintained signage and trail surfaces, fantastic views of river across unique bridges. Truly a gem for bikers, walkers, runners and birders.

Bridgeway Trail

Lovely for All

May, 2020 by sarabethlowe8

This is a lovely, shaded trail that we found to be one of the best And widest that we have biked. Considerate users, not very crowded, well maintained signage and trail surfaces, fantastic views of river across unique bridges. Truly a gem for bikers, walkers, runners and birders.

Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway

Mix between Lakefront and Urban biking

May, 2020 by awadm

The starting point is at Edgewater Park. It starts off beautiful in a park that is well taken care of. Then once you cross the bridge at West 25th and Detroit Ave, you are in the center of downtown. Navigating through the city streets is stop and go. Then once you come to the Cleveland Brown stadium, you are not riding on a trail, but again a street road. Thankfully this road does not see a lot of traffic. Once you pass the airport, you ride along the water into a beautiful neighborhood on Lakeshore Blvd passing by beautiful mansions. The biggest downfall I had riding this trail was coming up to and through Euclid. Biking lanes are not well marked. Many cars do not respect bikers and right up next to you making me not feel at ease. The final end point at Wildwood Park which not is the best kept park in relation to edgewater, however they did have paved trails and beautiful scenic outlooks on the beaches/water. I wish this trail had more signs that identified that you are still on the Lakefront Trail because it is easy to take a wrong turn and get lost. I rode from Edgewater to Wildwood Park and back, but my final ending mileage was 30 miles.

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Chippewa Rail-Trail

Short and sweet

April, 2020 by lvjohn

This trail mostly paved blacktop and rather short. It is a great walking trail and a trail where very young riders can safely build strength and confidence. The northern terminus isn't much. Those wishing to ride through Medina should aim for Fair Road to get through the worst of the traffic.

MetroParks Bikeway

March Ride

April, 2020 by vicki1960

Trail is always delightful to ride. The new enclosed tunnel construction is coming along under the Ohio turnpike but the short detour makes it easy to get around. This trail is enjoyed by many people. New asphalt resurfacing at the Canfield end.

Mahoning Valley Trail

A Nice Local Greenway with a Few Attractions

April, 2020 by orangedoug

I enjoyed riding this short 4.5 mile trail. I started at Deer Creek Reservoir and headed south. The trailhead is across the parking lot from the boat launch. The trail follows the shore of the reservoir and crosses over a bridge at the spillway. The bridge and spillway seem to be a point of interest for all using the trail. You must road ride for about 9/10ths of a mile in order to pick up the southern portion of the trail. This southern section follows the twists and turns of the Mahoning River as it makes its way into Alliance, Ohio. The crushed stone surface along this portion of the trail is not as well maintained as that of the trail along the reservoir. In all likelihood this probably due to local flooding, though the trail surface on the day I rode this trail was completely dry and free from any mud. Biking along this portion along the river probably is better suited for bikes with slightly wider tires than a standard street bike, but not necessarily anything too wide. The southern end finishes at the athletic fields in Earley Hill Park in Alliance. This trail will be well shaded during the summer.

MetroParks Bikeway

nice trail

March, 2020 by xauduax

Still construction going on but the detour is nice. Coming back from niles can be a little brutal if your riding into the wind for it’s all slightly up hill

Rocky River Reservation All Purpose Trail

Just as an update, the entire trail was recently repaved and is in great condition.

February, 2020 by info79

Just as an update, the entire trail was recently repaved and is in great condition.

Lake-to-Lakes Trail

More of a Bike Route Than a Trail

February, 2020 by orangedoug

I rode 8.77 miles on an out-and-back ride on this trail connecting Shaker Heights with the University Circle neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. I started at Horseshoe Lake Park in Shaker Heights and rode down into the Cleveland Museum of Art using this trail and the southern part of the Harrison Dillard Bikeway. The multi-use trail that runs around the southern half of Horseshoe Lake is in good shape with a few spots of tree root uplift. The trail crosses over the spillway of the lake's dam and deposits one near Beaumont School on North Park Boulevard. At this point there is a narrow asphalt pathway that travels west along North Park past Lower Shaker Lake and on to Coventry Road. The path is narrow, pitted and pockmarked, and not very level. I took this path because this trail is listed here in TrailLink as a trail. However, I would recommend using the bike lanes found on North Park Boulevard as the surface of the road is much smoother. On my return trip I rode these bike lanes as the pathway had become pretty busy with runners and pedestrians on this beautiful February day.

Once you cross Coventry Road in Cleveland Hts. You will get to what is a multi-use trail. There is a bike repair stand at the corner of Coventry Rd. and North Park Blvd. From here the multi-use path parallels Fairhill Road which turns into Stokes Blvd on it's way down into the University Circle neighborhood. This trail ends at the Cleveland School of the Arts at the corner of Carnegie Avenue and Stearns Road. From here you connect to the Harrison Dillard Bikeway and can ride down to the museums on Wade Oval. I chose to ride down to the Cleveland Museum of Art before turning around and heading back. If you stay on the Harrison Dillard Bikeway, you will parallel Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd north down to the Lake Erie shoreline.

Two points to note: First, this is not a family friendly route. Most of the roads along this route are heavily trafficked. The bike lanes on North Park Blvd. are fairly wide and traffic doesn't seem to be too busy except during morning and evening rush hour. North Park and Fairhill Road seem to be popular non-freeway routes in and out of downtown Cleveland. If you use caution, obey traffic lights, and crosswalk signals getting into and out of University Circle will be fine. Secondly, there is a bit of a climb if you are heading south from University Circle toward Shaker Lakes. It is not too steep but you will be climbing almost the whole way back to Horseshoe Lake. The steepest part will be from Carnegie Avenue up to Coventry Road.

Chippewa Inlet Trail

north inlet trail

November, 2019 by esideserf

Love the north inlet trail and a jog around the wetlands. It’s an amazing trail.

Shaker Median Trail

This Trail Takes Advantage of Hard to Develop Public Land

November, 2019 by orangedoug

The Shaker Median Trail is a nice little park trail. It is located between the eastbound and westbound roadways of Shaker Boulevard in the cities of Beachwood and Shaker Heights, Ohio. The trail runs from Friendship Circle in Pepper Pike to Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights. This is not a destination trail, nor a trail that is a link to other trails. It simply serves the recreational needs of local residents in Beachwood and Shaker Heights. The path is narrow particularly in the Beachwood City Parks. Despite it being a chilly day there were a number of people out walking on the trail or walking with their dogs. On warmer days, I would imagine that the park would be much busier, so a crowded narrow pathway could be a bit of problem for a cyclist. Signs in the park directed toward cyclists limit your speed to 10 mph. The trail is listed as 3 miles long and I rode an out and back ride trying to incorporate all of the loops within the Beachwood City Parks so my total distance traveled was 7.3 miles.

I enjoyed riding this trail. Due to the chilly weather I think that I did not encounter as many pedestrians as I would have on a warmer day. This left this narrow trail more wide open than it may have been otherwise, so I was able to ride pretty much unimpeded. One thing that I did not enjoy about this trail were the numerous dog droppings that had not been cleaned up by pet's owners. That was disappointing because there were a number of signs posted within the park reminding pet owners of this responsibility. Otherwise this was a nice little ride.

Ohio to Erie Trail

The Ohio to Erie Trail Has the Potential to be One of America's Great Trails

November, 2019 by orangedoug

I've ridden the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) three times; first in July of 2013, again in May 2016, and most recently in October of 2019. It is interesting to note the progress that has been made in filling in the on-road gaps in the trail between each ride. However, it is frustrating to witness the glacial pace at which this trail is being completed.

Currently, the largest on-road gaps in the OTET exist between the end of the Sippo Valley Trail in Dalton and the beginning of the Holmes County Trail in Fredericksburg; between Killbuck and Glenmont on the Holmes County Trail, and between the end of the Heart of Ohio Trail southwest of Centerburg and the beginning of the Sandel Legacy Trail in Sunbury. There are a few smaller gaps in the OTET among which include, the bike lane in the Ohio River Trail in Cincinnati, the missing bridge over Little Miami River at the end of the Little Miami Scenic Trail needed to connect to the Lunken Airport Bike Path and a less than 1 mile gap between the Prairie Grass Trail and the Roberts Pass Trail in London.

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a paved trail except for the portion of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail that runs through northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is unlikely that the National Park Service will pave this portion of the trail due to the canal's historical significance in developing the Ohio territory and helping to expand our nation from the original 13 colonies.

This trail links the three C's of Ohio -- Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. These are Ohio's 3 largest cities. In between you will encounter a variety of cities and towns; rivers, wetlands, and forests; industrial, commercial, and agricultural areas; and different types of topographies. This variety makes the Ohio to Erie Trail unique when compared to the nation's other long-distance trails.

It is important to understand that the OTET is still a work in progress. While some locations have embraced being a part of the trail, others seem to have completely ignored it. Communities that embrace the trail offer bike friendly establishments whether they be bike shops, hotels, Bnb's, restaurants, or trailheads. There just are not enough of them. The state of Ohio should be looking into promoting such businesses along the trail. One thing that is certainly needed are more official, recognized campsites along the trail. Whereas riders of C&O/GAP Trail, or Missouri's Katy Trail can expect to see a campsite roughly every 8 to 12 miles, the OTET has some areas where such campsites are 60 miles apart. Such distances don't make the trail appealing those that would prefer to camp. It also doesn't give riders much wiggle room in their itineraries to explore around the trail or deal with the unexpected such as a flat tire. Perhaps more campsites and other amenities will become a priority once the trail is fully completed.

My complaints are not intended to be a trashing of this trail but rather constructive criticism designed to help improve this into one of America's great trails. With the Rails to Trails Conservancy designating much of the OTET as part of its route for the Great American Rail-Trail through Ohio, I'm hoping that improvement and completion of the trail will become more of a state priority. If you are considering riding the Ohio to Erie Trail, don't hesitate. It is worth every pedal stroke.

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