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Looking ahead to more cycling

by Ruth Kaser for NE Ohio Tidbits for Cyclers

Cuyahoga Valley National Park covers 33,000 acres.  It is  a great place to ride a bicycle whether you enjoy riding on the road or on the TowPath Trail. Federal approval was just given for new trails in the park that would include mountain biking and boating.

As reported by Bob Downing in the Akron Beacon Journal, the plan calls for 37 miles of new trails, including 10 miles for mountain biking. Currently there is no mountain biking permitted on the trails in the park. It would also include a water trail with boat launches and overnight camping spots along the Cuyahoga River in Summit and Cuyahoga counties. The document includes 11 new hiking trails, 12 short interpretive trails, two cross-country ski trails, five connector trails and three links into neighboring residential areas.

The plan calls for mountain biking on the east rim near Boston Mills and Hines Hill roads north of state Route 303 and west of the Bike & Hike Trail in Boston Heights. It might also be added on the valley’s west rim in Boston Township and Brecksville.

The plan also includes more camping opportunities in the park. Seven small camp sites would be permitted for hikers, bicyclists and paddlers.Currently, camping within the park has been limited to one spot in Boston Township.

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