Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trailheads

Towpath Trailhead Parking Rules

Parking is free at almost all locations and the number of spaces varies per site, ranging from a handful to 100-plus.

County Park Districts: There is no overnight parking. All cars must be out by the time the park closes.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park: The National Park is the only location where the Towpath is open 24-hours, and overnight parking is available at major trailheads, though car camping or regular camping is not allowed. Bicyclists take note the Towpath is not lit inside the park and helmet lights are required at night.  

The following national park parking areas are open 24 hours:

  • Rockside Station
  • Canal Visitor Center
  • Frazee House
  • Station Road Bridge
  • Red Lock
  • Boston Store
  • Lock 29
  • Hunt Farm
  • Indigo Lake
  • Ira Trailhead
  • Botzum

National Park Visitor Note: If leaving your car for overnight parking, please inform the CVNP Communication Center at 800-433-1986 ext 0.


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