Get outside and connect to the Ohio & Erie Canalway by taking in its natural beauty. From biking the Towpath Trail to kayaking on the Cuyahoga River, get outside to experience our unique natural and recreational assets.
The National Heritage Area in Cuyahoga County offers a wealth of outdoor adventures for your to discover. Everything from urban hikes to kayaking an American Heritage River can be found here. Find an activity that’s right for you and build a connection with the Canalway!
In addition to the Towpath Trail, Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park offer a wide variety of trails for hiking, running and walking in Cuyahoga County. You can choose urban hikes on paved trails with skyline views or earthen paths that connect you to the area’s natural wonders.
The Towpath Trail has been named one of Ohio’s best biking trails and acts as the spine of Cuyahoga County’s biking network, connecting to many more miles of trails and bike routes. Bike trails and routes link Cleveland’s neighborhoods, communities and create regional connections, like the Ohio to Erie Trail or Ohio Bike Route 1 which extends from Lake Erie to the Ohio River in Cincinnati.
Cuyahoga County’s waterways are an important part of the area’s history and industrial development. Today, kayaking, paddle boarding and boating are unique ways to experience the National Heritage Area and connect with the Cuyahoga River, an American Heritage River, and Lake Erie.
Ohio offers some of the best birding sites in the country, particularly along the Lake Erie shoreline and in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Ohio & Erie Canalway is in the path of two flyways, perfect for natural photo ops. Spring birding in the Canalway peaks April–May, with thousands of migrating beauties arriving daily. The fall season runs September–November.