Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail Contigious Through Akron and Summit County

In the spring of 2012 Summit County completed their sections of The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail eliminating the on-road sections in Akron and tricky interchanges around Barberton. The route is beautiful and easy to navigate. The entire route through Summit County is now on-trail except for a few blocks in downtown Akron. When we rode the route in May the signage was lacking in this spot.
Traveling north to south the trail will take you over the highways on a spectacular new bridge on the approach to downtown Akron and dead end onto Quaker Street. Follow Quaker Street uphill to where it dead ends into West Bowery Street. The Civic will be in front of you.
Use the crosswalk to cross West Bowery Street where the trail continues on the south side of West Bowery Street, facing traffic on the sidewalk / path. In one block turn left onto Water Street. At the next block, cross W State Street to pick up the trail as it takes you right past the baseball stadium. At the south end of Canal Park at W Thorton there is an easy to miss left turn that goes downhill and takes you under the intersection.
Going south to north was easier. In downtown Akron the trail will dead end and you will cross W State Street and you will proceed on Water Street for one block and turn right on West Bowery Street and left on Quaker Street. The new bridge is in site.

UPDATE OCTOBER 2012

We recently rode the Towpath Trail through Akron, both directions, and the route has been improved. There are new signs in several places making it much easier to navigate. We have new photos and will post them soon.

Travelling north across the new bridge on the approach to downtown Akron.

Traveling north across the new bridge on the approach to downtown Akron.

Nice signage where Quaker Street dead ends into West Bowery Street. The next few turns were not well marked when we rode this route.

Nice signage where Quaker Street dead ends into West Bowery Street. The next few turns were not well marked when we rode this route.

Lots of new things to see along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Akron and Summit County!

Lots of new things to see along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Akron and Summit County!

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6 Responses to Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail Contigious Through Akron and Summit County

  1. daniabeachflorida@yahoo.com says:

    I could not find the route when I was in Akron either. First of all, I am turned 90 degrees counter clockwise when in Akron. I live in South FL where everything is on a NS grid.

    When I was confused I looked at the skyline and figured a way to follow toward Akron U. Being a 70 year old female it was not easy, especially after climbing the hill coming from the north. Anyway, I made it and walked through the area finding my way. They do need to mark that better. I was there on a weekday and there was no one around. It is so sad to see a once vibrant city so quiet.

    Thanks again for all your efforts. I can tell this is truly a passion.

    Regards,

    Marilyn Dennison, Dania Beach, FL

    If you are ever near Ft. Lauderdale, email me and we will put you up and show you some nice places to ride a bike.

    • ostara says:

      Marilyn,
      Dania Beach is my old stomping grounds and Carolyn and Guy are two of my closest friends! I will urge them to take you up on your offer. Lot’s of smooth beautiful riding down there and the end of March is perfect for snowbirds!!!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thanks Marilyn! Your comments and invitation are very sweet. Stay safe down there–hope hurricane Isaac causes you no grief!
    Did you ride The Ohio to Erie Trail?

  3. daniabeachflorida@yahoo.com says:

    @Carolyn, I had not seen your reply until today. No issues with Isaac and all I rode was around Akron on the Towpath Trail. I hope to ride the entire trail next summer. I really should do it in the fall but after being away so long this year it will not be.

    What is your connection to Dania Beach?

    Thanks for the updates.

  4. daniabeachflorida@yahoo.com says:

    I am posting this so I can get a notification. I missed it when I posted before.

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