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.

A Bicyclist's Point of View

Before you hop on that single seater, recumbent or tandem, here are a few helpful tips which we've gathered from area cyclists. Some are general and some are specific to particular sections of the Towpath Trail. If you have suggestions or tips to improve the trail experience for others, we would welcome the input.

  • 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.

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