University of Akron Polsky Building
Main Street, Downtown Akron
Bridging Urban Places with Green Spaces
Akron is truly a city within a park. The opening of the Towpath Trail Bridge over the Innerbelt (Route 59) in August 2008 marked the connection of Downtown Akron to the popular Towpath Trail and the parks, trails and greenways of our region to the North.
Downtown employees, residents and visitors can utilize the trail by getting on and off at Lock 1, Lock 2, Lock 3, State St., Bowery & Quaker St., the Towpath Bridge at the Innerbelt (Route 59), Beech St. and the Mustill Store.
Towpath users passing through Downtown can take advantage of the many amenities Downtown Akron has to offer along the way, including:
- Nearly 40 dining spots. From casual eats to upscale dining, you’ll find delicious food and a great atmosphere when you choose to dine Downtown.
- More than 15 night club spots to enjoy great local music, dancing and even an urban roof-top patio.
- Nearly 20 cultural amenities. From the nationally acclaimed Akron Art Museum to Canal Park Stadium and Lock 3, Downtown Akron offers great opportunities to increase your quality of life.
- Nearly 20 unique shopping experiences, including one-of-a-kind gifts, exquisite blown glass or handcrafted jewelry.
- An extraordinary art community, featuring unique working art galleries in Downtown’s Northside and Historic Districts, the Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace and more.
- Places to relax, like Charles Goodyear Park, Lock 1, Lock 2 and other green spaces throughout our urban footprint.
- History and architectural gems hidden throughout Downtown, making any walking journey well worth your while.
Cascade Locks Park
As Akron’s urban park, Cascade Locks Park not only provides green space for Downtown patrons. It’s also the gateway into a regional network of trails, parks and greenways.
Explore the Cascade Locks Park and follow the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to find:
- 33 miles of completed Towpath Trail through the Cascade Valley Metro Park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and up to the Cleveland Metroparks. Ultimately, the Towpath will extend 110 miles from Cleveland’s Canal Basin Park near Lake Erie, south to Dover and New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County.
- Connector trails that link from the Towpath Trail to other park areas with amazing hikes, rides and views of the Cuyahoga Valley.
- Historic sites along the Trail that educate on our city and region’s rich history.
- Places like the Mustill Store, Canal Visitor Center and the Boston Store that have been preserved to recall our past and educate for our future.
- Thriving wildlife including herons, beavers, turtles and birds as well as buckeye trees, wildflowers, beech trees and more.
- Views and access to the Little Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga River.
- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad running nearly parallel to the Towpath Trail. Ride your bike one way on the Trail and return on the CVSR for only $3!
- Places to stop for refreshments along your journey and places to picnic.
- A respite, to enjoy green space, nature and the quiet sound of water flowing through the Canal and the rivers.
Cascade Locks Park
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition