8000 Rockside Rd.
Independence , OH , 44131
Lock 39 is one of over 200 locks that once operated along the Ohio & Erie Canal. With its heyday in the mid-1800s, the canal was part of the early transportation system in the young United States. People and goods were flowing between East Coast cities and the rural heartland, pushing America’s borders westward.
Today this area is a hub of recreational activity. Over a century ago, residents of greater Cleveland began looking for relaxation and recreation outside of crowded cities. Excursion canal boats, trains, and even horse drawn carriages brought visitors into the Cuyahoga Valley. You can now explore the Ohio & Erie Canal via the adjacent Towpath Trail by bike or by foot. You can see the valley too from the windows of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Across the parking lot is a bridge to Rockside Station and an access down to the Cuyahoga River Water Trail. Visit this information kiosk to get oriented and pick your adventure.
This is a Towpath Trailhead.