The 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail was one of the first "rails to trails" conversions in the country. Sections of the Bike & Hike Trail follow the course of two abandoned former railroads. Much of the trail follows the Lake Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad (LE & P), later named the New York Central Railroad (NYC) before it was abandoned and converted to trail. Another portion of the trail rests on the old Akron, Bedford & Cleveland Railroad (AB & C, or the "Alphabet Railroad"), an electric railway for interurban passengers that went into service in the late 1800s. Until service was discontinued in 1932, riders could travel for 50 cents from Akron to Cleveland’s Public Square in about 2.5 hours.
Today, east of Route 91 in Munroe Falls, the Bike & Hike Trail parallels a scenic section of the Cuyahoga River where great blue herons, Canada geese and a variety of ducks can be seen. A small pond along the north side of the trail annually hosts a chorus of spring peepers. South of Boston Mills Road in Boston Heights, the Sharon Conglomerate rock walls of the Boston Ledges rise along the trail. Farther north, the trail travels along Brandywine Road. A parking area adjacent to the bridge over I-271 offers rest and a view of Brandywine Falls which, at 75 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in Ohio.