Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Summit County, Ohio 44106

Distance10.0mi
Elevation Gain799ft
Trailhead Elevation965ft
Top1,024ft
Elevation Min/Max949/1024ft
Elevation Start/End965/965ft

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Summit County, Ohio. It is 10.0 miles long and begins at 965 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 799 feet. The Towpath Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Manchester Road Trailhead, Fairview Avenue Trailhead, Vanderhoof Road Trailhead, and other parkings can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Downtown Barberton Towpath Trail Connector.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Peninsula displays the well-preserved vestiges of a canal-era and railroad town, while serving as a portal into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Some folks say Peninsula has a lock on history. Actually, it has two—and visitors will see both on this hike. Start your tour at the trailhead sign and map at Lock 29. Take the steps up to the bridge that literally and figuratively connects the relatively new Towpath Trail and national park to the historical town of Peninsula. An interpretive sign on the bridge highlights the building of the Ohio and Eerie Canal." Read more

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Reviews

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5/30/2010
Interesting trail with some neat rock formations. Excellent spot to watch sunset. Easy to moderate hike. Not very strenous.
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5/20/2010
Picturesque hike with plenty of elevation and terrain changes to keep it interesting. Ice box cave and rock outcroppings were fun to see. Several connector paths lead to other local trails for optional extended hikes. I went mid-morning so saw only a few other hikers. Will definitely return for more adventure on this trail!
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2/2/2009
Very nice winter hike but icey trail can be treacherous. I wore micro-spikes and had no problem. Hike took approximately 1.5 hours with a few side trips in the rocks and Ice Cave.
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5/4/2008
Had a great time on this hike. Wandering around the different crevasses and mini-canyons formed by the ledges was fantastic. The view from the overlook wasn't a huge deal, but it was still neat to see. Icebox cave is definitely a must see. Going on a cool spring morning was nice; very few bugs, decent amount of solitude from people as well.
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7/9/2007
Very nice, casual hike. Nothing too strenuous, but the ledges are great fun. While you are not technically allowed to climb the rocks, there are plenty of spur trails in valleys and caves. Great for kids too. The Happy Days visitor center is the closest one - maps can be gotten there. There is no charge for this National Park.
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Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
Summit Metro Parks: 330-867-5511; summitmetroparks.org/ParksAndTrails/DeepLockQuarry.aspx; Cuyahoga Valley National Park: 330-6572752; nps.gov/cuva
Local Contacts
USGS Peninsula; architectural tour guide at Peninsula Library & Historical Society, 6105 Riverview Road
Local Maps

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Dec 2018