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 »
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 »
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?
Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.