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The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Try Lock 29 Trailhead as an entry point - Rockside and Canal Roads

The Scoop

  • Why do you love it?: The Towpath Trail offers an instant getaway - just minutes from Downtown Cleveland. One of my favorite entry points is Lock 29. Enter off Rockside Road, just before it intersects Canal Road. This Trailhead also marks the transition from Cleveland Metroparks to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and is the beginning of a 20-mile journey south through our National Park.
  • Who goes with you?: It's a great walk as a solo outing or bring along a friend or two, a business colleague, or a pup. Just remember - leash lengths of 6' in this area.
  • When is the best time to go?: It's open 24-hours-a-day in the National Park. I enjoy it at lunch and after work. In the summer, the overhanging trees and cross-breezes between the canal on one side and the river on the other offers breezes even on the hottest of days.
  • Who else would love it? Whether you like to hike, bike, walk or run - the Towpath offers 84 miles of beautiful viewsheds. Birders will see Great Blue Herons, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Yellow Warblers and more on most days. History buffs will enjoy the Interpretive Panels along the way. And, the Towpath is mostly ADA accessible - so it's also a great path for family and friends of all abilities.

The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is one of three key travel routes through the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area - a great way to discover our area's culture, history, recreation and nature. Map to any of its 48 Trailheads here: Enjoy the moments!

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