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Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail — Mustill Store, Ohio to Lock 39 Rockside, Ohio

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail 33 or 66-mile Bike Ride

Come out for a ride! This is part of a trail ride series sponsored by the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) intended to bring awareness to the wonderful trails in our quad-state region (Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). All cyclists are welcome for this rails-to-trails, moderate-paced ride!

Join us, as we visit the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.  The ride departs the Mustill Store Trailhead just north of Akron and follows the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail 33-miles to the Lock 39 Rockville, Ohio.  

At Lock 39 Rockside, you have an option to board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Train for the return trip back to the Akron Northside Station, or return along the same route or ride the Bike and Hike Trail (some minimal road riding required) for a total of 66-miles. 

The southbound train departs the station at 12:55 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. 

Alternately, you can take the Northbound train from the Akron Northside station to Rockside and then ride 33-miles south back to Mustill Store.

The cost of the one-way train ticket is $3 per person, ages 3 and up including your bike.  Exact fare is appreciated.  No guaranteed seats.  This rate only applies to bicyclists.  

Please visit www.cvsr.com/bike-aboard for the latest train schedule.

Trailhead

Mustill Store Trailhead - W North St., Akron, OH

GPS: 41.091359, -81.518334

Features and Points of Interest:

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail follows the historic canal where mules once pulled boats from 1827 to 1913. To date, about 80 miles of the trail are complete from Cleveland south to Bolivar.  Plans exist to extend the trail to New Philadelphia, for a total of 110 miles.  Most of the route is level and well-shaded making for a pleasant trip.  The trail also parallels the Cuyahoga River, which provides habitat for a variety of aquatic wildlife. Birds include herons, geese, ducks and kingfishers. Frogs and salamanders mate and lay eggs in the pools that collect in the flood plains. Water-loving native and non-native trees and shrubs dominate the area. Native species include cottonwood, sycamore, elm and silver maple; their chewed stumps signal beaver activity. Wildflowers abound along the sunny, shrub-less sections of the trail.

Canal Visitor Center (7104 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125)

Social

Following the ride or at the halfway point a social gathering and dinner will be held at a local restaurant. 

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