Hiking Akron: Buckeye Trail & Tow Path, Boston to Peninsula

Welp. Instead of doing the ~5 mile loop we did the ~7 mile loop. Oops!

It had it’s moments, though. 5+ miles in, we stopped by the train stop (for the tow path) in Peninsula and grabbed a couple of Snickers ice cream bars.

Totally worth it.

If you’re like me and trying to find scenic hikes in Ohio, or just the Akron area, the Cuyahoga Valley’s version of scenic is not the Shenandoah’s version of scenic. But I am learning to like it.

Aside from the lookout point over a highway and being able to hear traffic most of the time, the woods are really pretty! There’s some cool history too, as the tow path follows the old canals in the part we hiked (and maybe the whole way too, haven’t looked into it.)

Buckeye Trail, Boston to Peninsula, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Doesn’t it make you feel like a hobbit?

There’s a decent amount of actual upwards too, with lots of roots fashioned into stairs, which I really want to figure out a way to make a part of my house one day.

All in all, I would actually recommend this hike, and I definitely didn’t think I would say that going into it! Make sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks.

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This used to be the “turnaround spot” for the canals. Now it’s all marshlands! You can’t see it in the picture, but there is water over where those shadows are; it’s all marshlands now.

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Marshlands!

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cool bridges on the tow path! Architecture is amazing.

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

More cool architecture. I remember a door-tunnel like this in an art museum, which makes me appreciate architecture even more.

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