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There are over 125 miles of hiking trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 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 the state-wide Buckeye Trail also passes through the park.

Visit our Maps page for maps of the park and of certain trail areas. Several books, leaflets, and maps, including Trail Guide: 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 for purchase at Boston Mill Visitor Center.

 

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    Find detailed information about each trail, including trail length, surface type, elevation change, and more.

     

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    Length (miles)

    Time (hours)

    Elevation Change (feet)

    Trail Surface

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Trailhead Location(s)

    Towpath Trail

    19.5

    Hiking: up to 10
    Biking: 2.75

    135

    firm, flat, crushed limestone

    Yes

    There are 10 trailheads which provide parking and access to the Towpath Trail.


    Learn more about the Towpath Trail.

     

    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 0.4 miles 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 0.2 miles 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

    Station Road Bridge Trailhead is located off of Riverview Road 0.2 miles south of Chippewa Road (S.R. 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 Road. (Vaughn Road becomes Highland Road)


    View a map of the trail on our Maps page.

     

    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

    Boston Trailhead is located on Boston Mills Road 0.2 miles 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

    Everett Covered Bridge Trailhead is located on Everett Road 1/2 mile west of Riverview Road near Everett, OH.


    View a map of the trail on our Maps page.

     

    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.

     

    View a map of the trail on our Maps page.

     

    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 1/2 mile southeast of Valley Parkway in Brecksville, OH.

    Boston Trailhead to Wetmore Trailhead

    9.25

    Riding: 3.5

    400

    hilly, dirt

    No

    Boston Trailhead is located on Boston Mills Road 0.2 miles east of Riverview Road in Boston, OH.

    Wetmore Trailhead to Everett Covered Bridge

    2.75

    Hiking: 1.5
    Riding: 1

    40

    rolling hills, dirt

    No

    On Wetmore Road 0.6 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.

     

    View a map of the trail on our Maps page.

     

    Length (miles)

    Time (hours)

    Elevation Change (feet)

    Trail Surface

    Wheelchair 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 Road. (Vaughn Road becomes Highland Road.)

     

    Length (miles)

    Hiking Time (hours)

    Elevation Change (feet)

    Trail Surface

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Trailhead Location(s)

    Stanford Trail

    1.5

    1

    190

    hilly, rocky

    No

    Stanford Trailhead is located on Stanford Road 1/2 mile north of Boston Mills Road in Boston, OH.

    Brandywine Gorge Loop

    1.4

    1

    190

    hilly, rocky

    Wheelchair accessible to the first boardwalk overlook. A spur off the main boardwalk has numerous steps.

    Brandywine Falls Trailhead is located on Brandywine Road 1.7 miles north of Hines Hill Road.


    View a map of these trails on our Maps page. Learn more about Brandywine Falls.

     

    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

    Ledges Trailhead is located on Kendall Park Road 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road or 2.2 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) in Boston Heights, OH.

    Pine Grove Trail

    2.2

    1.25

    105

    flat, dirt

    No

    Pine Grove Trailhead is located on Kendall Park Road 1.3 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road or 2 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) in Boston Heights, OH.

    Forest Point Trail

    0.5

    0.5

    Minimal

    flat, dirt

    No

    Forest Point Trailhead begins at Octagon Shelter on Kendall Park Road 1.3 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road or 2 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) in Boston Heights, OH.

    Haskell Run Trail

    0.5

    0.5

    70

    a big hill, rocky

    No

    Haskell Run Trailhead is located behind 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

    Boston Run Trailhead is located in the overflow parking lot of 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.


    View a map of these trails on our Maps page. Learn more about the Ledges.

     

    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

    Kendall Lake Trailhead is located on Kendall Park Road 1.6 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road and 1.5 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) In Boston Heights, OH.

    Lake Trail

    1

    0.75

    Minimal

    flat, dirt (some stairs)

    No

    (see above)

    Salt Run Trail

    3.25

    2

    160

    rocky, hilly

    No

    (see above)

     

    View a map of these trails on our Maps page. Learn more about the Kendall Lake area.

     

    Length (miles)

    Time (hours)

    Elevation Change (feet)

    Trail Surface

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Trailhead Location

    Tree Farm Trail

    2.75

    Hiking: 1.5
    Skiing: 1

    80

    flat, dirt

    No

    Horesehoe Pond Trailhead is on Major Road 0.7 miles west of Riverview Road in Peninsula, OH.

     

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    Length (miles)

    Time (hours)

    Elevation Change (feet)

    Trail Surface

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Trailhead Location(s)

    Oak Hill
    Trail

    1.5

    Hiking: 0.75
    Skiing: 0.50

    50

    dirt, flat

    No

    Oak Hill Trailhead is on Oak Hill Road 0.9 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)

     

    View a map of these trails on our Maps page.

     

    Distance (miles)

    Time (hours)

    Elevation Change (feet)

    Trail Surface

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Trailhead Location(s)

    Wetmore Trail

    4.5

    Hiking: 2.5
    Riding: 1.5 hours

    250 feet

    rolling hills, dirt

    No

    Wetmore Trailhead is on Wetmore Road 0.6 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

    0.6

    Hiking: .33
    Riding: .33

    150

    rolling hills, dirt

    No

    (see above)

    Tabletop Trail

    0.75

    Hiking: .5
    Riding: .33

    100

    rolling hills, dirt

    No

    (see above)

     

    View a map of these trails on our Maps page.

     

    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

    Everett Covered Bridge Trailhead is located on Everett Road 1/2 mile west of Riverview Road near Everett, 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)


    View a map of these trails on our Maps page. Learn more about the Everett Covered Bridge.

     

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