How to Start Biking the Towpath Trail
Traveling a path once used by mules to pull canal boats, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail will take you through five preserves in the National Heritage Area. While you'll travel between 4 counties and 5 parks systems, the hand-off between parks is virtually seamless, although terrain and surfaces change a bit. Be prepared for asphalt, crushed limestone and other trail surfaces.
Trailheads: 55 trailheads offer parking, Towpath Trail access and great journey gateways. Trailheads run north from Canal Basin Park in Cleveland to Canal Lands Park in Zoar.
Choose a distance: You can download a map here, view a list of Trailheads here and use the interactive map to plan a trip here.
One-Way trip: Frequent riders suggest heading south to north.
Round trip: Experienced riders suggest Cleveland—Tusc.—Cleveland. You’ll get the more rigorous journey done first, since elevation increases between Cleveland and Akron.
Towpath campsites: There are limited campsites available for single-night, pass through travelers in some areas.
Overnight parking: Available at select CVNP Trailheads or with permits in specific areas. Check for more info. Trailheads
Plan Ahead: Check our News & Alerts page for any temporary closures or detours.