Multiple tick exposures have been reported by visitors to the park. Please be aware that proper shoes, clothing, use of repellent spray, and checking the body for ticks following a visit to the park are the best way to prevent transmission of disease. More »
Canal Visitor Center Closure
Canal Visitor Center will be closed for construction, starting Monday, May 6, 2013. It will reopen with new exhibits in early 2014.
Bald Eagle Closure in Effect
RR tracks, and 30 foot right of way on either side, are closed to all foot traffic from the Rt. 82 Bridge at Station Rd, north to the RR tracks at. The Cuyahoga R. downstream of the Brecksville Dam to the Fitzwater Rd Bridge is closed to water activities.
Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail
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Welcome to the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail! This multi-purpose trail was developed by the National Park Service and is the major trail through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. From it you can make connections to many of the natural and historic sites in the park and to other trails that intersect it along the way.
History of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail
The Towpath Trail Today
A visit to Canal Visitor Center, Boston Store Visitor Center, Peninsula Depot Visitor Center, or Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center can make your outing on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail even more enjoyable. At these stops you can talk to a park ranger, see exhibits, and get information.
The Towpath Trail is open 24 hours, giving you the chance to explore after dark. Within the national park, the trail is level and hard-packed for people using wheelchairs, bicycles, or strollers. The National Park Service does not plow the trail in the winter to permit cross-country skiing.
To check for potential towpath trail closures, click here.
From April through October, you can bicycle one way and return by train for $3 using Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Bike Aboard! service. Runners and hikers pay $9. You can catch the train at any boarding station. There are no guaranteed seats. Schedules are available at boarding stations, visitor centers, and online at www.CVSR.com.
Download the Towpath Trail Map within CVNP boundaries. You may also acquire a printed copy of the Towpath Trail map by visiting one of our visitor centers, or by contacting us. Download the Towpath Trail Map from Cleveland to Zoar. The trail extends beyond the park into the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
Safety on the Towpath Trail
The Towpath Trail in All Seasons
Learn More About the Ohio & Erie Canalway
The Ohio Canal Corridor is a public interest group working on the formation of the Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor as a National Heritage Corridor, an affiliated unit of the National Park System.
Did You Know?
Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".