Over 90 miles of flat-out joy on two wheels. Discover one of our state's most scenic regions while pedaling on the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Tips for Biking the Towpath Trail

Before you hop on your bike, here are a few helpful tips from area cyclists.

  • Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and biking gloves too!
  • Consider padded shorts for southern limestone surface portions of the trail.
  • Hybrid or mountain bike tires are best — the wider tires are better for the crushed limestone found along much of the southern sections.
  • Bike bell is a key safety item to let people know you’re coming. Pass on the left and ride single file.
  • Bright clothing and flashing taillights are very helpful for early morning and dusk riding as the Towpath Trail is not lit in all areas.
  • E-bikes are limited to 15 miles per hour on most portions of the Towpath Trail.
  • The Towpath Trail is a very popular walking and hiking path, especially in the National Park. Watch for pedestrians and signal when passing.
  • Not all trailheads have restrooms or drinking water. Plan ahead and know where you can find amenities.
  • Use trail etiquette, like biking single file and cleaning up after yourself. 

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