Northeast Ohio has lots to offer when it comes to bike trails. Here are a few of our favorites.
Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail
Stretching from Cleveland to Bolivar, this 87-mile trail follows the route of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal, where from 1827 to 1913, mules towed canal boats carrying passengers and goods. Today, the Towpath travels through five preserves in the National Heritage Area and in 2015 was voted "Best of Ohio Bike Trail" by readers of Ohio Magazine. As one of the Towpath's 49 trailheads, our Lake Avenue location offers parking, restrooms, and drinking water.
The Towpath's surface is fairly flat and alternates between asphalt and crushed limestone. We recommend a helmet and a bell to let other riders know when you're passing.
Designed by mountain bikers, Quail Hollow is the perfect trail for the beginner to intermediate MTB rider. A 3.10-mile loop of flowing and tight single track features beautiful woodland and obstacles like rock gardens, bridges, inclines, and declines.
The natural surface means that you'll need to watch for ruts and slick mud. We HIGHLY recommend a helmet, and a bike with a suspension fork, gearing, and mid- to wide tires.
Sippo Valley Trail
Part of the former Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad bed, this 10-mile trail runs along Sippo Creek between Massillon and Dalton. It also links up with the Towpath Trail on the west side of Tremont Avenue in Massillon. You'll cross several wooden bridges and get some gorgeous views of Ohio farmland.
Apart from a steep but short incline riding into Massillon, the trail is flat to gently graded, and the surface shifts from asphalt to crushed limestone between Skyland and Deerfield Avenues. As on the Towpath, we recommend a helmet and a bell. If you're riding from Massillon, reward yourself with ice cream at the Dalton Dariette!