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Camping along the Towpath Trail

If you'd like to experience a multi-day bicycle touring adventure on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, there are several options available for camping near the trail.

The information listed below is current as of September 2022. Rates, policies, and availability may vary by season; please contact the responsible organizations to confirm the details before planning your trip.

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Heritage Farms in Peninsula

Camping shelter at Heritage Farms in PeninsulaPrimitive camping is available at Heritage Farms in the village of Peninsula. Five tent sites are available that can accommodate four adults or a single family, no more than two tents. Two three-sided shelter sites are available that can accommodate two adults or a small family.

Camping tent site at Heritage Farms in PeninsulaEach site includes a trash can and picnic table. A water tank for washing water is provided; bring your own drinking water. A centrally located campfire site is provided with starter firewood. Additional firewood and bottled water are available for purchase.

No outside firewood, no smoking, no alcoholic beverages, no firearms, and no pets are allowed.

Heritage Farms is a 5th generation family-owned farm located at 6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula, Ohio (about 1/4 mile south of State Route 303).

Valley Overlook Campground and Lodging

Newly opened in the summer of 2022, the Valley Overlook Campground and Lodging is a family-run camping and glamping area with 62 scenic wooded acres featuring canvas cabin tents. Located at 4451 Akron-Peninsula Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264; Phone: 216-570–1785

Valley Overlook Campground and Lodging is located approximately 5 minutes by bicycle from the Towpath Trail. At the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center (on Bolanz Road, near Szalay's Farm & Market), go east on Bolanz Road, then turn left onto Akron-Peninsula Road.

Cleveland Metroparks Backcountry Facilities

The Cleveland Metroparks maintains primitive camping sites near the Ottawa Overlook in the Brecksville Reservation. Reservations are required; click here for details, rules, and regulations.

These sites are about 2.8 miles from the Towpath Trail, via the Station Road Bridge. Helpful location links:

Summit Metro Parks Camp Sites

The Summit Metro Parks provides campgrounds at two locations along the Towpath Trail:

  1. Big Bend Trailhead in northern Akron
  2. New Franklin Township, about 1/4 mile south of the Franklin Trailhead on Center Road, north of the village of Clinton

Campsites are primitive, with no running water or restroom facilities available. Camping is permitted for one-night stays only, and sites are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations are not required, although campers are required to sign-in at the kiosk by providing their names, zip codes, arrival date, the number of people in their group, and their departure date.

For campground rules and regulations, see:

To confirm details and availability, contact the administrative offices at 330-867-5511, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Stark County Parks District

The Rivers Edge Camping Area is located near the Bridgeport Quarry Trailhead, about 2-1/2 miles north of downtown Massillon. Use is free of charge for hikers or cyclists; drive-up camping is not allowed. Call 330-353-2377 to register or confirm details and availability.

Canal Fulton

  • Canal Fulton Canoe Livery & Campground offers primitive camping with 17 sites plus a group camping area, located one block from the Towpath Trail in downtown Canal Fulton. Restrooms and showers are available.


Stanford House Backcountry Campsites - CLOSED

The primitive campsites at the Stanford House near the village of Boston are now permanently CLOSED as of November 2019.

Stay tuned for details of new camping options in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the near future.

Other Campgrounds

These campgrounds are located a few miles from the Towpath Trail, so some riding on public streets is necessary for access:

See Also

Our Peninsula store page has a list of lodging near Peninsula and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.