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The Portage Hike and Bike Trail stretches over a dozen 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 is paved. Between the two busy downtowns, quiet woods and meadows can be enjoyed. In some areas, the trail parallels an active, but infrequently used, railroad. The trail is really more of a network of connected trail segments, with one disconnected spur in Franklin Township, so be sure to consult a map and plan your route before hitting the road.
In Kent, the western leg of the trail follows the Cuyahoga River and the old P&O Canal, and Kent State University is only a few blocks away. (In fact, a spur of the trail runs right across the Kent State University Campus, beginning at Dix Stadium in the west, threading between athletic fields and buildings to Lincoln St. in downtown Kent.)
Farther east, you'll come to a highlight of the journey: Towner's Woods Park in Franklin Township. The trail runs along the southern border of the 175-acre park, which has beautiful natural settings of forest, wetlands and meadows. Here, you'll also find an ancient Native American burial mound on the shores of picturesque Lake Pippen.
The next portion of trail begins passes through Franklin Mills Riveredge Park, south of Main Street. This route goes through John Brown Tannery Park and round the northern bank of the Cuyahoga River, before peeling away and terminating on Middlebury Road. The Brady's Leap Riverwalk project, which linked the two segments of trail within Kent along a scenic stretch of the river, was opened to the public in 2021, creating a more seamless trail experience for users to enjoy.
One day, the trail is hoped to form a complete connection to the 33-mile Bike and Hike Trail that runs through Cuyahoga, Summit and Portage counties, connecting more communities, parks and attractions; the first part of this effort, the Franklin Connector segment of the Portage Hike and Bike Trail, is already open between Hudson Road and Spell Road.
On the trail's western end, parking is available at Lake Rockwell Road and at Towner's Woods Park (2296 Ravenna Road, Franklin Township) and at John Brown Tannery Park on Stow Street. On the trail's eastern side, a paved parking area and public restrooms are located in Chestnut Hills Park on State Route 44 in Ravenna.
Parking for the Franklin Connector segment is available via a trailhead on Judson Road, just off of Hudson Road in Franklin Township. From there, the trail offers a seamless connection with a branch of the Bike and Hike Trail.
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