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Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail

An autumn ride on the Summit Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail near PeninsulaThe Bike & Hike Trail is part of the Summit Metro Parks system. It is a paved multi-use trail consisting of two main sections:

  1. A northern spur of about 10 miles. The northern end connects to the Cleveland Metroparks All Purpose Trail at Alexander Rd in the Bedford Reservation. The southern end is near the intersection of Rt 8 and Rt 303, between the city of Hudson and the village of Peninsula. The highlight of this section is Brandywine Falls. View on RideSpot.
  2. A southern loop of about 20 miles, passing through sections of Hudson, Stow, Silver Lake, Munroe Falls, and near Kent. This loop is a combination of dedicated path and a marked route on public streets (see route maps below).

You can find more detailed information on this trail, including a map, mileages, and trailheard parking locations at the Bike & Hike Trail, Summit Metro Parks web page. Look for information on trail closures and other alerts on the Summit Metro Parks Alerts page.

You can travel between the Bike & Hike Trail and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail using the Carriage Trail Connector.

Bike Route sign on the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike TrailRoute Maps

The southern loop section of the Bike & Hike Trail uses a combination of dedicated bike paths and on-street routes. The complete route can be challenging to follow for first-timers, so we have created these route guides. The guides start at the Route 303 Trailhead; you can extend the route by starting at points further north (e.g. Brandywine Falls).

The first two routes follow the Summit Metro Parks official route for the Bike & Hike Trail. The last two routes extend the loop into the college town of Kent, a popular destination, where you can find many local options for diners, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail Southern Loop

Distance: 22 miles
Surface: pavement (on-street and off-street)
Elevation gain: 500+ feet
View on RideSpot: (clockwise or counter-clockwise)

Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail Southern Loop to Kent

Distance: 24 miles 
Surface: pavement (on-street and off-street)
Elevation gain: 489+ feet
View on RideSpot: (clockwise or counter-clockwise)

DISCLAIMER: Your use of this route information indicates your acceptance of all responsibility for its use. Ride safely, legally, and responsibly, and respect private property. Accessibility and suitability of roads and trails may change due to factors beyond our control; check local conditions before proceeding.