What are some great ways to use the Towpath?
- Provides an opportunity for outdoor recreation activities including biking, jogging, walking, etc.
- Connects residents and visitors to neighborhood destinations
- Allows walkable access to a variety of independent and boutique retail shops
- Offers picturesque views of the city skyline
- Provides access to historic destinations and exciting hotspots
- Allows for accessible commuting to and from work
- Gives users safe, easy-access to Steelyard Commons
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The Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail was first constructed 175 years ago by the National Park Service to provide a transportation route from Cleveland, on Lake Erie, to Portsmouth, on the Ohio River. Today, trail users can walk or ride a bike through the same path that transported canal boats filled with goods and passengers. The trail provides countless opportunities for recreation while highlighting the natural beauty and city views of the region.
The towpath is open year round.
- Travel at a safe speed and keep to the right, except to pass others.
- Bicyclists yield to all users.
- Don’t risk a head injury—always wear a helmet when cycling.
- Give a clear warning before passing on the left.
- Travel single file when passing and being passed.
- Pets must be kept on a leash. Please use a short leash and keep pets on the right side of the trail.
- Move off the trail when stopping to reset.
To find event information specific to the Towpath, visit https://www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/events
There are four organizations who are responsible for building and maintaining the Towpath Trail:
Canalway Partners is the chief fundraiser for the Towpath Trail in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. This organization takes the lead in strategic decision-making, grant writing, and community outreach.
The Cleveland Metroparks handles the day-to-day maintenance of the Towpath Trail and park rangers provide security.
The City of Cleveland is the landowner of the Towpath Trail. They are responsible for capital repairs to the Trail. The Cleveland City Planning Commission contributes its expertise.
Cuyahoga County serves as the project manager for the Towpath Trail extension. The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works is in charge of tracking project funds and contracts.