Bike Aboard!

Please Note: The last day of the Bike Aboard season is Sunday, October 30th

Bike the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train in the other. Bring your bike aboard and ride for only $3!

The train can be flagged down at any of our boarding stations by waving both arms over your head. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before the departure time. YOU PAY YOUR FARE WHEN YOU BOARD. Exact change is appreciated.

2016 Departure Times 

September – October 2016 -Wednesdays through Sundays

  Southbound Northbound Southbound Northbound Southbound Northbound
Rockside 9:00 a.m. 12:20 p.m. 12:55 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:35 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
CEC 9:05 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 4:10 p.m. 4:40 p.m. 7:25 p.m.
Brecksville 9:20 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 3:55 p.m. 4:55 p.m. 7:15 p.m.
Boston Mill 9:35 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 3:40 p.m. 5:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Peninsula 9:45 a.m. 11:40 a.m. 1:45 p.m. 3:35 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Indigo Lake 10:05 a.m. 11:20 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
Botzum 10:15 a.m. 11:10 a.m. 2:10 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 6:35 p.m.
Big Bend 10:25 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:55 p.m. 5:50 p.m. 6:25 p.m.
Akron 10:35 a.m. 10:50 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m.



One way, once a day $3 per person, ages 3 and older. This special one-way price is also available to distance hikers and runners.

Bike Aboard! Season Passes are also available for only $35 per person. 

*1-person kayaks can be loaded, space permitting, for $9 each

Please note:

There are no guaranteed seats.

Bike Aboard will run rain or shine.

Towpath Mileage Between Stations

Rockside Station - Canal Exploration Center 1.75 miles
Canal Exploration Center – Brecksville 4.5 miles
Brecksville – Boston Mills  4.25 miles
Boston Mills -Peninsula  2.5 miles
Peninsula – Indigo Lake   4 miles
Indigo Lake – Botzum    3 miles
Botzum Botzum – Big Bend   3.5 miles
Big Bend – Akron Northside 3 miles


For locations and directions of our boarding sites, please visit

To view the Towpath trail and the distance between stations, refer to the Bike Aboad Map.

New Trail Route

A Towpath section has been created and re-mapped out along Hickory Street to accommodate a needed work-around during the construction of the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel project. Please view the new route HERE. 

Akron Waterways Renewed created a video to help visitors understand how this new trail impacts Bike Aboard.

Do you want to ride, but currently lack a bike?

There are places along the trail where you can rent a bike for a few hours and enjoy the trail, and Bike Aboard! 

Cleveland Bike Tours

Century Cycles, Peninsula

Blimp City Bike & Hike
1720A Merriman Rd., Akron, OH 44313
(330) 836-6600

Akron Bike Center
110 N. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308
(330) 376-5120

Aids to Mobility Permits in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Use of motorized transportation is prohibited on trails within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Anyone wanting to use a motorized means of transportation on the Towpath Trail as an aid to mobility must first secure a waiver of this prohibition by applying for a permit. Permits are issued to a specific individual and for the specific aid to mobility for which the permit is being requested. The permit is good for the calendar year during which it is issued. The process for securing a permit must be initiated in advance by calling the park permit coordinator at 440-546-5996 or by sending an email to The time necessary for securing a permit is based in part on how quickly an inspection of the mobility aid can be scheduled and completed.




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