Red Lock Trailhead River Access

Next to a bridge is a thin, grassy trail that leads down to the Cuyahoga River
Just off of West Highland Road is this Cuyahoga River access point for paddlers.

© Charles Frederick

Quick Facts
Park at Red Lock Trailhead, 1175 Highland Road, Sagamore Hills, Ohio 44067. Follow the Towpath Trail across the road and turn right to access the river by the bridge.
Provides paddlers with access to the Cuyahoga River Water Trail.
Cuyahoga River Water Trail

Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Parking - Auto, Trailhead

Red Lock Trailhead

Cuyahoga River access map

This site allows access to a section of the Cuyahoga River Water Trail that is suitable for beginners.

Things to Know for Paddlers

  • Paved parking lot, pit toilet, hiking and biking trail.
  • Dropoff in the gravel access drive at the southeast corner of the Vaughn/Highland Road bridge. Park at Red Lock Trailhead.
  • Dropoff/pickup 250 feet from water’s edge (longer than usual).
  • Pedal/Paddle option. Use the Towpath Trail to bike/run/walk back from Station Road Bridge trailhead.
  • Class I downstream paddle to Station Road Bridge Trailhead involves no permanent hazards.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Last updated: June 27, 2021