Hiking

Hiking in CVNP


Over 125 miles of hiking trails are available for your hiking pleasure in CVNP. These trails range from nearly-level to more challenging, and pass through various habitats including woodlands, wetlands, and old fields. Some trails require you to cross streams with stepping stones or log bridges, while others, including the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, are nearly-level and are accessible to all visitors. A portion of Ohio's Buckeye Trail also passes through the park.

Several books, leaflets, and maps, including the Trail Guide Handbook: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 3rd Edition, contain helpful information about hiking in the park. This book is published by the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council and is available at Boston Mill Visitor Center.
 
Family on hike

Family Hike Recommendations

Find easy family-friendly hiking trails here. Photo: © J.J. Prekop, Jr.

Recommended Hikes

Recommended Hikes

Find easy to challenging hike recommendations. Photo: © J.J. Prekop, Jr.

Trail Maps

Trail Maps

Trail maps are also available at Boston Mill Visitor Center. Photo: NPS

 

Trail Information:

Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail

Length (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location(s)
Towpath Trail 19.5
Hiking 10
Biking 2.75
135
firm flat, crushed limestone
yes There are 10 trailheads providing parking and access to the Towpath Trail.


Buckeye Trail North

Length (miles) Hiking Time (hours) Elevation Change (Feet) Trail Surface
Wheelchair
Accessible
Trailhead Location(s)
Egbert Picnic Area to Alexander Road 6.1 3.5 90 hilly and rocky no On Gorge Parkway 4/10 of a mile northwest of Egbert Road in Bedford Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks).
Alexander Road to Frazee House 1.5 .75 200 hilly and rocky no On Alexander Road 2/10 of a mile west of Dunham Road in Walton Hills, OH.
Frazee House to Station Road Bridge 2.5 1.25 8 firm flat, crushed limestone yes On Canal road 3.5 miles south of Rockside Road in Valley View, OH.
Station Road Bridge to Jaite 7 3.5 200 hilly and rocky no Off of Riverview Rd. .2 miles south of Chippewa Rd. (82) in Brecksville, OH.
Jaite to Boston
5.6 3 250 hilly and rocky no Red Lock Trailhead is located on Highland Road 1/2 mile east of Riverview. (Vaughn Road becomes Highland Road)

Beginning May 24, 2021, the Buckeye Trail between Riverview Road in Boston Township and Snowville Road in Brecksville will be closed for approximately 120 days.


Buckeye Trail South

Length (miles) Hiking Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location(s)
Boston to Pine Lane 4 2 240 hilly and rocky no On Boston Mills Road 2/10 of a mile east of Riverview Road in Boston, OH.
Pine Lane to Everett Covered Bridge 4.1 2 150 hilly and rocky near Pine Lane, firm flat the rest of the trail no On State Route 303, 1/2 mile east of Akron-Peninsula Road in Peninsula, OH.
Everett Covered Bridge to Botzum Trailhead/Train Station (via Towpath and Buckeye Trails) 3
2
160 hilly and rocky on northern part of trail, firm flat the rest of the trail no On Everett Road 1/2 mile west of Riverview Road near Everett Village, OH.


Valley Trail North

Length (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead location
Frazee House to Station Road Bridge 3
Hiking:1.25
Riding: 1
8 firm flat, crushed limestone yes On Canal road 3.5 miles south of Rockside Road in Valley View, OH.


Valley Trail South

Length (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location
Brecksville Reservation to Boston 6.9 Riding: 2.5 400 hilly, dirt no On Cleveland Metro Parkway .5 mile S.E. of Valley Parkway in Brecksville, OH.
Boston Trailhead to Wetmore Trailhead 9.25
Riding: 3.5
400 hilly, dirt no On Boston Mills Road 2/10 of a mile east of Riverview Road in Boston, OH.

Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by the river and closed.
Wetmore Trailhead to Everett Covered Bridge 2.75
Hiking: 1.5
Riding: 1 hour
40 rolling hills, dirt no On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Wetmore Trailhead Parking lot is primarily for horse trailers. More parking for hikers is available at Pine Hollow, 5465 Quick Road.


Old Carriage Trail

Length (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Accessible Trailhead Location
Old Carriage Trail 5.25 Hiking: 2.5

Skiing: 1.5
180 hilly, rocky no Red Lock Trailhead is located on Highland Road 1/2 mile east of Riverview. (Vaughn Road becomes Highland Road.)


Brandywine Falls Area Trails

Length (miles) Hiking Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location(s)
Stanford Trail 1.5 1 190 hilly, rocky no On Stanford Road 1/2 mile north of Boston mills Road in Boston, OH.
Brandywine Gorge Trail loop 1.4 1 190 hilly, rocky Wheelchair accessible to the first boardwalk overlook.- A spur off the main boardwalk has numerous steps. On Brandywine Road 1.7 miles north of Hines Hill Road.


Ledges Area Trails

Distance (miles) Hiking Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location(s)
Ledges Trail 2.2 1.5 80 rocky, some steps no On Kendall Park Road 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road or 2.2 miles east of Akron Peninsula (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) Boston Heights, OH
Pine Grove Trail 2.2 1.25 105 flat, dirt no On Kendall Park Road 1.3 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road or 2 miles east of Akron Peninsula (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) in Boston Heights, OH
Forest Point Trail .5 .5 Minimal flat, dirt no (see above)
Haskell Run Trail .5 .5 70 a big hill, rocky no At Happy Days Lodge on State Route 303, 2 miles east of Peninsula and 1/2 mile west of State Route 8 in Boston Heights, OH.
Boston Run Trail 3.4 Hiking: 2
Skiing: 1.5
80 hilly, rocky no (see above)



Kendall Lake Area Trails

Length (miles) Hiking Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location(s)
Cross Country Trail 2.5 Hiking: 1.5
Skiing: 1
160 rolling hills, dirt no On Kendall Park Road 1.6 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road and 1.5 miles east of Akron Peninsula roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) In Boston Heights, OH.
Lake Trail 1 .75 Minimal flat, dirt (some stairs) no (see above)
Salt Run Trail 3.25 2 160 rocky, hilly no (see above)


Tree Farm Trail

Length (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location
Tree Farm Trail 2.75 Hiking: 1.5
Skiing: .75
80 Flat, dirt no On Major Road .7 miles west of Riverview Road in Peninsula, OH.


Oak Hill and Plateau Trails

Length (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location
Oak Hill
Trail
1.5 Hiking: .75
Skiing: .50
50 dirt, flat no On Oak Hill Road .9 miles south of Major Road in Peninsula, OH.
Plateau Trail 4.5 Hiking: 3
Skiing: 2
200 dirt, flat (one big hill) no (see above)


Wetmore Area Trails

Distance (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location
Wetmore Trail 4.5 Hiking: 2.5
Riding: 1.5 hours
250 feet rolling hills, dirt no On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Wetmore Trailhead Parking lot is primarily for horse trailers. More parking for hikers is available at Pine Hollow, 5465 Quick Road.
Langes Run Trail 3.5 Hiking: 2.5
Riding: 1.5
190 rolling hills, dirt no (see above)
Butler's Trail .6 Hiking: .33
Riding: .33
150 rolling hills, dirt no (see above)
Tabletop Trail .75 Hiking: .5
Riding: .33
100 rolling hills, dirt no (see above)

Everett Area Trails

Distance (miles) Time (hours) Elevation Change (feet) Trail Surface Wheelchair Accessible Trailhead Location
Riding Run Loop 4.6 Hiking: 2.5
Riding: 1.5
260 hilly, dirt no On Everett Road 1/2 mile west of Riverview Road near Everett Village, OH.
Perkins Loop 2.7 Hiking: 2
Riding: 1.5
260 hilly, dirt no (see above)
Furnace Run Loop 2 Hiking: 1 360 hilly, dirt no (see above)

 

For more trails located within CVNP visit:
Bedford Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks)
Brecksville Reservation (Cleveland Metroparks)
Brushwood Area (Summit Metro Parks)
Deep Lock Quarry (Summit Metroparks)

 

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Last updated: September 22, 2021

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