Biking in the Park

Bike Safe

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

For Bike Rental and other information please click here.

Three bikers biking away on the Towpath Trail in the summer.
Three bikers biking away on the Towpath Trail in the summer.


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 boundariesor 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: $5 per person ages 3 and up with bike. No guaranteed seats. Find out more on our Scenic Train Ride page.


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.

Summit Metro Parks' Bike & Hike Trail
Nearly 16 miles of this trail border the park. Ideal for family bike rides, this asphalt trail is managed by Summit Metro Parks. A connector trail near Holzhauer Road south of SR 82 provides access to the Towpath Trail.
Mountain biker riding on side of steep hill.
Mountain biker riding on side of steep hill.


In the Park
The East Rim Trail, a new off-road biking and hiking trail, is the first of its kind in the national park. Planning and design work began in 2014, with the opening of the first 2.5-mile section of the project fall 2015. Crews are breaking ground on the second section—6.5 miles—this year.

East Rim Trail is located East of of Boston Mills Road and is accessible from the Bike and Hike Trail on the west side. The trails design follows the terrain's natural grade changes. Boulders from an old sandstone quarry are incorporated into the trail as an optional feature for a more advanced and diverse riding experience.

  • The difficulty level for Phase 1 is Intermediate level biking.
  • This is also considered moderate hiking.

Click "more" to find out if the East Rim Trail is open for today. You can also follow @CVNPmtb on Twitter for up-to-date information and current conditions. In good conditions trail is open 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. for bikers and as posted for other trail users. In wet or hazardous conditions, the trail will close to all users to prevent damage.Click Here for more information.

The Bedford Singletrack is a 9.9 mile loop composed of 10 distinct sections. The trail is located in the Bedford Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. Click Here for more information.

The Hardy Road Mountian Bike Trail is located in the Hampton Hills area of Summit Metro Parks. The trail is over 5 miles long and includes beginner, moderate, and intermediate sections, with plans to add advanced trails. Click Here for more information.

Out of the Park

  • Cleveland Metroparks (Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation ): 1.8 miles Expert Loop and .4 miles Beginner Loop
  • Cleveland Metroparks (Mill Stream Run Reservation (Royalview Singletrack)) : 8.7 miles
  • Lake Metroparks (West Branch State Park (Atchinson/Hogsback Ridge)): 2.5 miles
  • Vultures Knob: 6.8 miles
  • Medina Huffman and Reagan Park Trails : 8.8 miles
  • Findley State Park (Thorn Trail): 7.8 miles
  • Mohican State Park MTB Trail: 22.2 miles
  • Quail Hollow State Park MTB Trail: 3.0 miles
  • Camp Tuscazoar MTB Trail: 5.6 miles

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Last updated: May 7, 2018

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