Ohio Hiking, Nature April 27, 2017
The 9 Most Beautiful Bike Trails You Can Take in Cleveland
It’s springtime in the CLE, and that means it’s finally time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather and fresh, vivid greenery. Why not gather up the family, pack up the bicycles, and head out for a ride on one of the city’s breathtaking bike trails? Here are nine of Cleveland’s most beautiful so that you can enjoy the scenery while you get some exercise in:
1. The Emerald Necklace Trail
With 70 miles of paved and cinder trail mostly spanning Cuyahoga County, Cleveland's Emerald Necklace bike trail treats bike riders (as well as walkers and runners; it's a multi-use path) to a wide variety of gorgeous scenery. From historic bridges to rushing waterfalls and family picnic areas to lush hillsides, the Emerald Necklace trail is a must-bike for novice and pro bicyclists alike.
2. Morgana Trail
The Morgana Run Trail winds through Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood, making it an excellent choice for urban bicyclists. Riders are treated to colorful murals, a city backdrop, as well as plenty of greenery to keep you connected with nature. It's a great choice for families, as it's just over two miles long.
3. Lake County Greenway Corridor
A 4.8 mile paved trail that spans the east side suburbs of Painesville, Painesville Township, and Concord Township, the Lake County Greenway Corridor is a true delight for nature lovers. At its southernmost point, it connects with The Maple Highlands Trail in Chardon -- so if you're looking for a longer excursion, the Greenway Corridor gives you great opportunity.
4. Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath
Spanning nearly 90 miles, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath is a favorite among distance bicyclists- but area families love it as well. The path goes through Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas Counties and offers beautiful canal views, bridges, and opportunities to see many types of wildlife.
5. Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway
Stretching 17 miles along the Cuyahoga County shoreline, the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway offers bicyclists astounding views of the shores of Lake Erie as well as many Cleveland landmarks, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, First Energy Stadium, and the city skyline.
6. Harrison-Dillard Bikeway
There's no place in Cleveland quite like the Harrison-Dillard Bikeway. The trail runs alongside Martin Luther King Boulevard through the city's Cultural Gardens, which offer unique scenic views of intricate stonework and lush greenery and floral landscaping. The nearly four-mile trail runs into gorgeous University Circle and Wade Oval, so visiting any of the area's museums is easy during your outing.
7. The Chippewa Rail Trail
This multi-use trail is located in Medina County about 35 minutes south of downtown Cleveland. This asphalt trail is perfect for the whole family as it's smooth and makes for easy riding. Lined with lush botanical life, the trail is approximately 2.5 miles long and offers spectacular color-drenched views all summer long and well into the autumn.
8. The Western Reserve Greenway Trail
This multi-use trail in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties spans an impressive 44 miles. Located about one hour east of Cleveland, the Western Reserve Greenway Trail is ideal for expert bicyclists as well as families just looking to get some exercise in with the little ones. The paved trail is lined with a wide variety of trees and other plant life, and you can expect to see ample amounts of wildlife as you pedal your heart out.
9. The North Coast Inland Trail
This 13-mile paved pathway through Lorain County is known as "Lorain County's skinniest Metropark". The trail spans through greenery and farmland and is currently being extended even further. Located about 20 minutes west of Cleveland, this popular path welcomes not only bikes, but all unmotorized vehicles - with the exception of skateboards - as well as walkers and joggers.
What are some of your favorite places to go biking in and around Cleveland?