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Akron, OH Bikeways

Summit County, Ohio is home to two major bike trails, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath and the Bike-Hike Trail. While the towpath enters the southwest corner of Akron, runs through downtown and exits a bit to the northwest, the Bike-Hike ties together a number of communities just outside Akron city limits to the northeast. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]

Bike-Hike Trail
Northern Bike & Hike Trail - photo by Lynda Warner

Latest News: 3/30/20 - Towpath Flooding Update in CVNP


Related: Flooding Photos.

3/20/20 - CVNP Closing Some Restrooms


3/16/20 - Summit Lake Improvements Eyed as Economic Catalyst

Akron, OH - "Can a canoe livery resurrect the beleaguered Summit Lake neighborhood?" more

3/12/20 - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway Shuts Down Thru April 12


2/27/20 - Towpath Section Reroute Coming in March

Akron, OH - Beginning in early March, the Towpath Trail will be rerouted around the KB BioEnergy plant while the City of Akron performs work associated with its ongoing sewer project. The trail is anticipated to be restored by August 1, 2020.

2/20/20 - Summit Metroparks Seeks Additional Funding

Akron, OH - "...the funds will be used to maintain, operate, conserve and improve the Bike & Hike Trail; Freedom Trail; portions of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail; F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm; Nimisila Reservoir; Liberty Park; Cascade Valley, Deep Lock Quarry, Firestone, Furnace Run, Goodyear Heights, Gorge, Hampton Hills, Munroe Falls, O’Neil Woods, Sand Run, Silver Creek, Springfield Bog and Wood Hollow parks; and other park properties." more

1/28/20 - Akron Pledges $3M to Revitalize Summit Lake

Akron, OH - "...The project would include the addition of a new outdoor amphitheater to the west, an art installation of giant marbles, a boat launch area to the north and a trail lopping all the way around the water’s edge along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal." more

1/27/20 - Prototype Trail will Open in New Metro Park

Akron, OH - "...The 200-acre site off Cuyahoga Street was the former Valley View Golf Club. It was purchased for $4 million in 2016 with the goal of returning the property to its natural state and linking together three area Metro Parks..." more

12/25/19 - Long-Term Plan to Expand Biking & Walking

Akron, OH - "...Goals of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study include balancing recreational opportunities with healthy travel options and safety..." more

12/19/19 - NPS Disbands E-Bike Advisory Group following Lobbying Concerns

D.C. - "The National Park Service, facing a lawsuit from conservation groups for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails, disbanded a bike-industry group that has been accused of secret lobbying for that access." more

12/14/19 - Cuyahoga Valley National Park Seeking More E-Bike Input

CVNP, OH - "Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking additional public comments about electric bicycle use in the park [thru Jan. 6]." more

12/10/19 - New Path to Connect Boston Mill with Towpath

Boston Mills, OH

11/19/19 - Search for Suspect Who Assaulted Runner

Sagamore Hills, OH - "The National Park Service is looking for a man accused of assaulting a woman Sunday morning while she was running on the Old Carriage Trail, which is located in Sagamore Hills within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park." more

11/1/19 - CVNP Closes Campsites Permanently

Brecksville, OH - "Cuyahoga Valley National Park, effective Nov. 1, has closed the Stanford Backcountry Campsites due to resource damage, according to the park." more

10/8/19 - Veoride Bikes Parked in Random Places

Kent, OH - "Kent State students have complained about the university’s new bike share system because people are leaving bikes in inappropriate places." more

10/3/19 - CVNP Set to Buy Golf Course

Peninsula, OH - "...The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park said it signed a purchase agreement to buy the 215-acre property and convert it to park land." more

10/2/19 - CVNP E-Bike & Towpath Rules Continue to Evolve

CVNP, OH - Despite a speed limit of 15 miles per hour on the towpath within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a recent comment period revealed that concerns about speed on the trail remain high.. more

9/3/19 - National Parks Service Opens Trails to E-Bikes

CVNP, OH - "...Cuyahoga Valley spokesperson Pamela Barnes said her park was picked for the showcase because its Towpath Trail draws many bicyclists. Also, the Cuyahoga Valley has already put the new policy into effect, ahead of some other parks, though hers and others are still working out some details." more

6/24/19 - Woman Hit, Robbed on Towpath Trail

Akron, OH - "...Around 10 p.m., a 32-year-old woman from Cuyahoga Falls reported she had been robbed on the towpath trail under West Market Street, police said." more

Boy Fatally Struck by Motorcycle


Akron, OH - "...The first two motorcyclists changed lanes to pass the bicyclist, but the third motorcyclist struck the child, witnesses reported to police." more

6/7/19 - Park / Sand Volleyball Courts Coming to Akron

Akron, OH - "...The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and Summit Sports & Social are working together to install four public sand volleyball courts and a park along the Towpath Trail in an industrial complex known as Canal Place." more

5/20/19 - The Freedom Trail Phase 3 Problem

Akron, OH - "...Unfortunately, we have run into an unforeseen property dispute with CSX that has stalled the completion of the final leg of phase three, but we are working really hard to find a solution.” more

4/11/19 - CVNP Signals River Restoration Projects

CVNP, OH - "...In 2019, CVNP is embarking on a number of large-scale restoration projects within the 22 miles of river between Cleveland and Akron..." more

4/8/19 - Lights Along the Towpath Trail

Akron, OH - "Urban lights on the Ohio to Erie Trail in Akron. The City of Akron has been adding light shows to the Towpath Trail in Downtown Akron..." more

12/28/18 - Nature Center Planned for Former Pump House

Akron, OH - "...The park district liked the pump house because of its historical significance; its location on the lake and next to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail; and its accessibility..." more

9/20/18 - Right-Sizing Akron Streets for Safety

Akron, OH - "...Redesigning and re-striping our streets is a cost-effective and responsible way to slow traffic down, improving safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike." more...

8/17/18 - East Exchange Street Bike & Ped Lanes Unveiled

Akron, OH - "...The temporary lanes appear on the north side of East Exchange Street between Ohio Route 8 and Arc Street. Bright green lanes are for cyclists and walkers, while beige lanes are buffers against the flow of traffic." more...

6/4/18 - How Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses

Akron, OH - "Kenmore Boulevard in Akron, Ohio is in the process of a street redesign which may involve the loss of some on-street parking spots in order to create protected bike lanes..." more

Akron Trail Facts:

Location: Summit County

Number of Trails: 4

Trail Miles: 83.3 (does not include the Ohio & Erie Towpath or Ohio-to-Erie Trail mileage outside of Summit County)

Worth Noting: The nearby Portage Bike Trails in neighboring Portage County, add another 15 miles of paved trails.

Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List

Akron Trails

Just as the Dayton and Xenia networks are connected by trail, so too are Akron and Cleveland bikeways. The connector in Summit County is the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, which uses the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to bridge the gap and connect the two cities.

Cycling Through Ohio's National Park

As the towpath makes its way though the CVNP just north of Akron, a segment of the Bike & Hike runs alongside, just a mile or so to the east.

Both trails connect with the east-west Emerald Necklace Trail that crosses their path, bringing the 3 trails together in the CVNP.

If you include the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail, that shares the towpath here, the total is 4 trails.

CVNP: The NE Ohio Trail Hub

The 4 trails don't have a single convergence point, like Xenia Station is SW Ohio, but the bikeway mileage is significant. Though these connections actually take place between Akron and Cleveland, we'll list them here.

Taken separately, the total trail miles look like this.

  • Ohio-to-Erie Trail - 320 miles when complete
  • Ohio & Erie Towpath - 110 miles when complete
  • Bike-Hike Trail - 32.3 miles
  • Emerald Necklace Trail - ~70 miles

The Shared Trail Corridor

The cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail uses the towpath to finish its northern journey to Cleveland and Lake Erie. The two trails share the same (unfinished) 67-mile corridor from Massillon to Cleveland. (The final few miles in Cleveland are expected to be finished in 2020.)

If you plan on coming to the CVNP to ride these trails, you should know that the OTE and towpath are mostly trail, with occasional short road riding transitions between sections. The Bike-Hike and Emerald Necklace, however, have more substantial road-riding segments included within their routes.

Network Expansion Plans

The Akron Bike-Hike Trail has also been connected with short segments of the Portage Hike & Bike Trails to the east in Portage County. Future Portage Trail connections will link 15 more miles of trail to the Akron-area trail network.

Bike Share

Summit Bike Share serves bicyclists from Akron and surrounding areas.

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