Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard


Explore almost 70 miles of trails by bike in Summit Metro Parks!

Cyclists: Helmets are recommended.


Bike & Hike TrailThe paved 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail travels southeast from Sagamore Hills to Munroe Falls and Stow. The 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 railroads.


Freedom TrailStarting near the Portage Hike & Bike Trail in Kent, this multipurpose trail – on land owned by METRO Regional Transit Authority – follows an unused railroad corridor. Phase II extends the trail to Eastwood Avenue in Akron. Phase III, which will be complete in 2017, will end downtown near The University of Akron campus. Phase IV will connect the Freedom Trail to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.



Hampton Hills Mountain Bike TrailMountain biking is possible at the Mountain Bike Area of Hampton Hills Metro Park, on land leased from the City of Akron. With just over 7 miles of trails, this area features beginner, moderate and intermediate sections with optional skill features.

Eventually, this area will offer up to 16 miles of trails.



Towpath TrailSummit Metro Parks manages 22.4 miles of the north-to-south Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Summit County, from the southern boundary of Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the edge of downtown Akron, and from Summit Lake to the Stark County line. The surface is crushed limestone and asphalt.

Trail Etiquette

Behave with respect and courtesy to others while biking in the Metro Parks. Follow these tips:

  • Be Courteous: All trail users should be respectful of others regardless of speed or skill level.
  • Pass on the Left: Give an audible signal before passing, either by voice (e.g., “On Your Left!”) or other means (e.g., ringing a bell). Pay special attention when passing children.
  • Stopping: Move to the right, or if possible, exit the trail. Be cautious of others approaching from behind and make sure they know you are pulling over.  
  • Be Predictable: Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind you before changing positions.
  • Don’t Block the Trail: Use no more than half of the trail. Do not block the flow of other users.