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5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula 44264

6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Deep Lock Quarry
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This statewide trail circles from the Ohio River (near Cincinnati) to Lake Erie (near Mentor), west to Toledo and then back to the Ohio River. Here in Summit County, the trail passes through Deep Lock Quarry, O'Neil Woods, Sand Run and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "Follow the blue blazes" for the Buckeye Trail.





The Boy Scouts of America, Order of the Arrow, created this rustic trail that loops through the Cuyahoga Valley. From Deep Lock Quarry, the Cuyahoga Trail follows the towpath south to Everett before heading east along Bolanz Road. On Akron-Peninsula Road, the trail heads north to Virginia Kendall in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, winds through Boy Scout camps Manatoc and Butler, travels to the Village of Peninsula, and then returns to Deep Lock Quarry.





Discarded mill stones are scattered along the moderate Quarry Trail, which takes visitors through the woods to an old quarry. You can also link to the Towpath Trail and take a short spur to the park's namesake, the deepest lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Class  A=Multipurpose  B=Accessible*  C=Basic  D=Primitive**  E=Bridle

  1=Easy  2=Moderate  3=Difficult

*Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface that meets or exceeds ADA requirements.
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** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes

History & Wildlife

Within Deep Lock Quarry lies Lock 28, which at 17 feet was the deepest lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal, and an old quarry from which blocks of Berea sandstone were cut for the canal locks and other local structures.

Ferdinand Schumacher, who is credited with introducing oatmeal to America by supplying it to Union troops during the Civil War, purchased a portion of the quarry in 1879. The sandstone found in the quarry was ideal for mill stones, which were used to remove the outer hulls of oats processed at Akron's American Cereal Works (later Quaker Oats). Stone was last taken from the quarry in the 1930s, when the Civilian Conservation Corps used the sandstone to construct several Metro Parks facilities, including Pioneer Shelter in Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Deep Lock Quarry became a Metro Park in 1934.

Today, the park is home to more Ohio buckeye trees than any other Metro Park in Summit County. The old canal bed is home to frogs, turtles and salamanders. A shallow swamp has developed on the quarry floor, where rose pink (an herb) and the invasive narrow-leaved cattail grow.


The 73-acre Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park includes a picnic area, restrooms, fishing access to the Cuyahoga River and access to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.



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