Thursday, June 30, 2011

From the eMailbox: Camping along the Towpath Trail

Every day we receive a variety of questions at Here's a Q-and-A we wanted to share-- just in case it's helpful to more people!
Dear Century Cycles: Do you have any suggestions for decent camping along the Towpath Trail near your Peninsula store? - Ric from Illinois

Answer: The Stanford House is a former youth hostel, but is now maintained and managed by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Outside the hostel are a few primitive camping spaces available for pre-registered users on bike or foot. The hostel is located on Stanford Road in the village of Boston, about 2.5 miles north (on the Towpath) from the village of Peninsula. You can contact the Conservancy at 330-657-2909 x119 for booking information.

MetroParks Serving Summit County has created two primitive camping areas that may be used on a walk-up, first-come first-served basis by Towpath Trail users on bike or foot; no reservations necessary. One is located near the Big Bend Trailhead, about 5 miles north of downtown Akron. The other is located just south of the Center Road Trailhead, which is just north of the town of Clinton.

The closest commercial campground is the KOA of Streetsboro, which is about 10 miles directly east of Peninsula, on State Route 303. FYI, should you need any bike supplies, our store is located in the center of Peninsula. Exit the Towpath at the Lock 29 Trailhead and follow the railroad tracks south to the store.

If you're heading to the far southern end of the Towpath, the NTR Canoe Livery is Bolivar will let you camp on their grounds. It's free if you also do one of their canoe or kayak trips, or for a fee otherwise. Look them up at

1 comment:

  1. Ha! I just noticed that the guy pulled the bike in the tent and kicked the girl out! Too funny!

    We'll have to check out the Metro Parks sites sometime.