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40 mi 65 km of trail 1 Recommended Route

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Located only a short drive away from the cities of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a scenic escape. Visitors can enjoy the many trails that wind along the Cuyahoga River or traverse the rolling hills, deep forests, or open farmlands of the park. A refuge for a host of native wildlife and plants, the park provides many means of exploration. Whether strolling along the Towpath Trail which follows the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal or venturing out on one of the park's many trails, visitors are sure to be enchanted by the solitude and scenery that the park has to offer.

To learn more about Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Cuyahoga Valley National Park has five major bicycle trails. Visitors can choose from the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the East Rim Trail mountain bike trail, the Summit Metro Parks' Bike and Hike Trail, and the all-purpose Brecksville and Bedford Reservation trails, as well as all roads and parking lots. Bicycling is prohibited on all other trails in the park.

Visiting Tips

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Brandywine Falls, Ledges, Octagon, Kendall Lake, Happy Days South Parking Area, and the Kendall Hill Area on Quick Road are closed from dusk until dawn. The remainder of the park is open 24 hours a day.

Fees & Passes:
Entrance to the park is free. There is no official entrance fee at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Visitors can support the park by donating to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park may charge admission to concerts and programs and for the reservation of public rental facilities.
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
For those looking to camp within the park, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park operates five designated backcountry campsites along the Stanford Trail. Individual sites and group rentals are available. There are also a variety of camping and lodging options located in the nearby towns around the park. For more information on nearby accommodations, click here.

Lodging:
  • Inn at Brandywine Falls: Six room bed and breakfast. Reservations can be made online or by calling (330) 467-1812.
  • Silver Fern Bed and Breakfast: A colonial bed and breakfast. Reservations can be made online or by calling (330) 417-7194.
  • Stanford House: Nine bedroom remodeled house. Reservations can be made by calling (330) 657-2909 ext 119 or by emailing Stanford@forcvnp.org.

Food & Drink

In addition to the many restaurant choices in the nearby towns around the park, there are options for dining in the park at the town of Peninsula, including the Brandy Wine Bar, Fisher's Cafe and Pub, and the Winking Lizard Tavern. For those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, check out Country Main Ice Cream or the Yum Yum Sweet Shop.

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park also operates two retail outlets in the park known as Trail Mix Boston (open April through October) and Trail Mix Peninsula (open year round). Offerings include locally made Mitchell's Ice Cream, snacks, beverages, and a variety of grab-and-go meals.

Other Activities

Visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park have many options to explore the park. Whether you are interested in canoeing, kayaking, or fishing along the Cuyahoga River or bird watching, camping, geo caching, star viewing, golfing, hiking, or picnicking along the many trails in Cuyahoga, the park has plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. Additionally, Cuyahoga has five major bike trails, and mountain bikers can ride the East Rim Trail, a multi-use trail that is the first of its kind for a national park. Also, for the more adventurous, there are several great options for rocking climbing in the park at Cuyahoga Falls Glen and Cuyahoga Falls Gorge, and nearby at Chippewa Creek.

Recommended Routes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park - 1

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Intermediate

Bedford & East Rim Railed

36.2 mi 58.3 km 1,426' Up 434.72 m Up 1,427' Down 435 m Down

Bedford, OH

Trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park - 6

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2.2 mi 3.5 km #1East Rim - Phase 1
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH 69 
4.3 mi 7.0 km #2East Rim - Phase 2
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH 49 
11.5 mi 18.5 km #3Bedford Reservation
Easy/Intermediate
Bedford, OH
Easy/Intermediate
Bedford, OH 45 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #4Edison Run
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH
20.6 mi 33.1 km #5Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Easy
Independence, OH
Easy
Independence, OH
0.3 mi 0.5 km #6Boulder Field - Phase 3
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH
Intermediate/Difficult
Boston Heights, OH

Photos of Cuyahoga Valley National Park - 10

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A complete ride-through of the Touchstone Loop.
Jan 23, 2018 near Walton…, OH
Sharing some test shots of riders by Sept 5, 2020.
Sep 5, 2020 near Boston…, OH
Totally worth losing one's glasses!
Sep 17, 2018 near Boston…, OH
Fun x 10
Jul 14, 2019 near Boston…, OH
Basically what the whole trail looks like
Aug 26, 2017 near Valley…, OH
One of the first riders on the new trail. Photo by NPS/DJ Reiser.
Aug 23, 2016 near Boston…, OH
The Towpath in the fall.
Aug 28, 2017 near Peninsula, OH
Mars Quay and new Touch Stone loop highlights.
Nov 23, 2015 near Walton…, OH
Great place to ride, has something for everyone.
Aug 11, 2020 near Glendale, OH
Lamb Loop TrailHead
Apr 24, 2019 near Boston…, OH