Boston Store Trailhead River Access

A stone staircase descends a wooded riverbank down to the water; two picnic tables to the right.
Paddlers can access the river from the Boston Store Trailhead parking area.

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Quick Facts
Boston Store Trailhead has accessible and limited mobility parking only. There is an unloading area for boats. Park at Boston Trailhead, 1508 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264 and walk over to Boston Store Trailhead. Follow the marked path to the river.
Provides paddlers with access to the Cuyahoga River Water Trail.
Cuyahoga River Water Trail

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This site allows access to a section of the Cuyahoga River Water Trail that is suitable for beginners, and near visitor information and food. A path to the river is located along the entrance drive to the Boston Store parking lot. Please drop off your boats and park in the Boston Mill Visitor Center lot or other nearby parking areas.

Things to Know for Paddlers:

  • Paved parking lot plus overflow gravel lot, restrooms, picnic tables nearby, drinking water, food, hiking and biking trail, train station.
  • Dropoff by river’s edge then park at Boston Trailhead.
  • Information is at Boston Mill Visitor Center.
  • Food is seasonally available at Boston Store.
  • Dropoff/pickup 100 feet from water’s edge.
  • Shuttle option on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad during Bike Aboard season. Fee. Board downstream at Brecksville Station (or Rockside Station), and ride to Boston Mill Station. Paddle back to Station Road Bridge Trailhead (or Lock 39 Trailhead).
  • Pedal/paddle option. Use the Towpath Trail to bike/run/walk back from Red Lock, Station Road Bridge, or Lock 39 Trailhead.
  • Class I downstream paddle to Red Lock Trailhead involves no permanent hazards.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Last updated: September 6, 2023