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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Biking in the Park

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Bike Aboard! cyclists wait to board train at Indigo Lake.

©Paul Stoehr


The Cuyahoga Valley has four major bicycle trails for your enjoyment! Ride along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Cleveland Metroparks' Bike & Hike Trail, the All Purpose trails in Brecksville and Bedford reservations, as well as all roads and parking lots. Bicycling is prohibited on all other trails.




Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
If anything says CVNP, it is the Towpath Trail, which follows the historic Ohio & Erie Canal route. Twenty miles of the trail occur in CVNP. The trail extends beyond the park into the Ohio & Erie Canalway. This fully accessible trail provides a delightful outing for people of all ages and abilities. There are picnic areas, restrooms, and train access points along the way. Download the Towpath Trail Map within CVNP boundaries or the Towpath Trail Map from Cleveland to Zoar.

Please note: If you planning a multi-day Towpath Trail ride, please contact our Communications Center at 440-546-5945 to inform staff where you parked your vehicle. This will ensure our law enforcement rangers do not tag your vehicle as "abandoned".

Bike Aboard! is a program where you can bike the Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop on the train for a relaxing ride back to your car-or do it in reverse! The train can be flagged down at boarding stations by waving both arms. Pay your fare when you board. One way: $3 per person ages 3 and up with bike. No guaranteed seats. Find out more on our Scenic Train Ride page.

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Bike & Hike Trail
Nearly 16 miles of this trail border the park. Ideal for family bike rides, this asphalt trail is managed by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. A connector trail near Holzhauer Road south of SR 82 provides access to the Towpath Trail.

Cleveland Metroparks All Purpose Trails (Brecksville and Bedford)
Cleveland Metroparks provides over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the all purpose trails.

Bike Smart:

  • Respect other trail users.
  • Stay to the right and give a timely, audible signal before passing on the left.
  • People, pets, and wildlife can move unexpectedly. Allow enough room and time to respond.
  • Use extra caution in congested areas.
  • Don't risk a head injury. Always wear a helmet when cycling.

Help for Your Bike:
There are a few bike shops in the area that offer rentals and repairs. Click here to see the list.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.