Explore Our Urban Trails

The Towpath Trail is a 101-mile path that generally follows the route of the 1832 Ohio & Erie Canal from Cleveland south to Tuscarawas County.

The Cuyahoga County section of the Towpath Trail was completed in 2021.

Designed as an all-purpose trail, the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga County connects Canal Basin Park in The Flats south to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Great for biking and hiking, this 11-mile section of the Towpath Trail is completely paved and offers scenic views of the Cleveland skyline, the Cuyahoga River and the Scranton Flats.

Trailheads available at Thornburg Station, West Canal Road, Bacci Park Aqueduct, CanalWay Center, Harvard Avenue, Steelyard Commons, Clark Field, Sokolowski’s Overlook, Scranton Flats and Canal Basin Park. Learn more about trailheads on the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga County. 

This smartphone-friendly Towpath Trail map shows trailheads and distances for the full trail.

The trail intersects with many popular bike routes including the Red Line Greenway, the Whiskey Island Connector Trail and the Wendy Park Bridge on Whiskey Island. In conjunction with these trails, the Towpath connects city neighborhoods to Lake Erie, downtown, and the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace.

In Cuyahoga County, the Towpath Trail is managed by Cleveland Metroparks.

Woman running North on Towpath Trail in Scranton Flats

Building Cleveland’s Towpath Trail

Building the Towpath Trail was a complicated undertaking. Canalway Partners, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cleveland Metroparks joined together in a project development agreement, each agency bringing their expertise to the effort.

We would like to offer our continued thanks to all those who supported the Towpath Trail project over the years. This public asset connects users to nature and history while empowering them to explore their community.

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Towpath Trail Stages and On-Road Connections

Towpath Trail Extension Map

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Scranton Flats

Canal Basin Park

Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail Visitors Page

Cuyahoga County’s Towpath Trail Extension Page, Greenspace Plan