For those cyclists needing to find a better commuter route, or looking for an extended adventure, you can get from the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail using this Carriage Trail Connector!
The Bike & Hike / Towpath Connector Trail runs concurrently with part of the Old Carriage Trail. The Old Carriage Trail is a 3.25-mile loop that begins and ends on the Towpath. Do not ride your bike on the hiker-only portion of the trail (as indicated by the signs).
CAUTION: the Old Carriage Trail is very steep and rough in some spots.
Getting from the Towpath to the Bike & Hike Trail
If you are riding north on the Towpath Trail, look for the Old Carriage Trail sign about 3/4 mile past the Red Lock trailhead on Highland Rd.
If you are riding south on the Towpath Trail, look for the SECOND sign for the Old Carriage Trail, about 1-3/4 miles past the Station Road Bridge in Brecksville.
Follow the Old Carriage Trail up the hill. When you reach the end of the trail, you will see the end of a dead-end residental street called Holzhauer Rd. Follow Holzhauer Rd for about 1/2 mile, and you will come to the Bike & Hike Trail. Turn left on the trail to go north; turn right on the trail to go south.
If you continue on Holzhauer Rd instead of turning onto the Bike & Hike Trail, you will end up on Rt 82 near the Marc's plaza in Sagamore Hills. Much of Rt 82 has a bike lane, so if you are comfortable riding along this busy road, this can provide you access to other areas of Sagamore Hills, as well as Brecksville, Northfield, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.
Getting from the Bike & Hike Trail to the Towpath
Look for one of these signs as you cross Holzhauer Rd along the Bike & Hike Trail:
If you are riding north on the Bike & Hike Trail, it will be the next road crossing after Boyden Rd. If you are riding south on the Bike & Hike Trail, it will be the next road crossing after Rt 82.
Turn onto Holzhauer Rd in the direction of the arrow on the sign. The road will end in about 1/2 mile; continue onto the Old Carriage Trail. Follow the Old Carriage Trail downhill, and it will end on the Towpath Trail.
When you reach the Towpath Trail, turn right to head north (towards Brecksville), or turn left to head south (towards the Red Lock Trailhead, Stanford House, Boston, and Peninsula).