Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail - TRAIL

Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail - Trail, Cleveland, Ohio

A never ending path made of crushed limestone. Obstacles include hikers, jogging strollers, old people who insist walking down the middle of the path blocking both lanes of traffic, Trail Blazers (pseudo-rangers on bikes who will stop you if your riding to fast), and general slow Sunday bikers on Huffies

User Reviews (31)

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Piman   Weekend Warrior [Dec 02, 2012]

If you go off the trail onto some of the hike-only areas, you can find some nice climbs. I found one that at the top got kinda techy. Also the bridle trail is fun because it's like tight singletrack. All the fun stuff is off limits. Its also fun to go straight on the gravel with no hands.

Customer Service

Anything that says no biking.

Similar Products Used: Go to West Branch.
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nickdiore   Cross Country Rider [Nov 15, 2009]

Long, straight, flat. I ride this path with my girlfriend every once in a while. Before we start I'm always positive that it's gonna suck, but I end up having a good time. I let her ride in front of me 'cause, you know. You get to race four year old kids riding with training wheels. There's always some freak dude in the middle of nowhere with a parrot or snake and/or an out of tune guitar singing heroically. I'll spend a good hour wondering if that big fat guy walked all this way or did someone drop him off?

Customer Service

Go one way, turn around and go back. You need a pretty active imagination to keep it interesting.

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jeff   Weekend Warrior [May 06, 2008]

There has been a single track added it is 3 miles long of intermdate riding. short but fun.

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nitzer   Downhiller [Apr 29, 2008]

Long....

Good place to check out girls running...

Customer Service

ummm... just ride north or south till you fall a sleep.

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2
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rinibry   Racer [Jan 29, 2008]

good and long with very few stops for car traffic. I use it to commute to work in the summer and is nicly paved from rockside rd and north. it gets pretty bad at the end as you begin to smell the polution coming from the steel mills. this is a easy ride and you can take less experienced riders for a safe confidence builder or a little exercise

Customer Service

on weekdays park under the 480 bridge and head towards cleveland its all paved and you may see 2 other people the whole time, its only 4-5 miles but you can do it a few times for a good work out with no interuptions and no cross auto traffic. a few turns and a little hill or 2 is all.

Similar Products Used: there is a short mtb path in the same area and the hike and bike trail is ok if you like the power lines
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Tow Path Joe   Weekend Warrior [Aug 27, 2006]

Lets call it what it is. A scenic, flat, safe (relatively), limestone covered route. Great for long training rides. I've got over 2,800 miles on the Path. Where else can you get that kind of cycling for a $5 annual donation.

Sure I've think i've seen it all; smokers, unleased dogs, unfettered kids. Lat night there were 2 guys whos stopped there bikes right in the middle of the path to lookaround ....shhhesh.And even 2 a**holes walking in the middle who refused to move despite all the appropriate warnings. On the way back they got a handle bar in the back ...ooops. If you don't want to deal with the "Attack of the Path People" go early. Get up early ride out the Fishers have breakfast and head back. Or avoid the most popular trail head (Peninsula) there are plenty of miles between traiheads. Or head North, doesn't seem as poulated.

I think it's a great resource

Customer Service

Go from 49th and Harvard to Botzum road and back. Fifty + miles and only a handful of roads to worry about. Stop at the Winkin Lizard for some refueling!

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jmr5200   Weekend Warrior [Aug 27, 2006]

let's take the Tow Path for what it is. A long safe historic route. The true mtb purists must realize this is a multi use trail. I use it for my long rides, or endurance, or just getting away from a sh###y job. Where else can you cover 54 miles and cross only a hand full of roads. Yes you have to contend with "the attack of the Path People". With over 3000 miles on the Path I've seen it all and have accepted it. But go early, stop for breakfast at Fishers and by time you head back to the trailhead the PP will just be arriving. There are stretches where you can do your thing. The Peninsula trailhead seems to have the most activity. The Northern section doesn't seem as populated. All this great scenery, maintined path and all they ask for is a $5 tag purchase each year. Enjoy it!

Customer Service

Get on at 49th and Harvard and head South to Botzum lot.

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4
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CBBaron   Weekend Warrior [Feb 02, 2006]

The Towpath is not a path for a workout, either technical nor speed. It is a Multi-Use Path (MUP) and has alot of pedistrian and casual bike traffic. The path is very flat and stright which is ideal for a canal which was its original design. The number of families on the trail means you need to keep your speeds down. During off times or questionable weather there are openings so you can pick up the pace just make sure you slow down to pass other users. The advantages of this trail are the length, location and scenery. It really is a nice family ride. In summary enjoy the trail for its intended use as a casual ride, but don't expect any kind of workout.

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Rider God   [Sep 23, 1999]

Suck.

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Raiderjakk   [Sep 24, 1999]

This is not a mountain bike trail. This is flat. This is crushed limestone and asphault. This is road biking. Do not ride the bridal trails off either side or you will be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I'm not kidding.

However, if you stop at Winking Lizard midway through the trail and have a couple beers, the trail is significantly more challenging dodging all the other semi-moving targets.

Customer Service

Follow your nose from the southern-most trailhead. : )

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