Towpath Trail

Akron, OH Bikeways


Akron, 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 the city, runs through downtown and exits a bit to the northwest, the Bike-Hike ties together a number of suburbs along the north and northeastern portions of Akron. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]

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

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 a few miles 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, 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

From their website, "Summit Bike Share is your premier bike share, rental and tour destination. We are proud to serve bicyclists from Akron, surrounding areas, and those visiting from abroad."

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