Portage Hike and Bike Trail

Portage Hike and Bike Trail

Kent, Ohio 44240

Official Website
Portage Hike and Bike Trail map

About this Location

The Portage Hike and Bike Trail is a multi-jurisdictional project, with portions of the trail managed by Portage Park District, the City of Kent, City of Ravenna and Kent State University.

  • Multiple trailheads and parking areas
  • Information kiosks
  • Interpretive signs
  • Picnic tables
  • Multipurpose trail including both asphalt and limestone sections

The Portage Hike and Bike Trail serves as a key east-west link between the major trail systems in Northeast Ohio. It was developed through a partnership between Portage Park District, Portage County, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad, City of Kent, Kent State University, Franklin and Ravenna Townships, and the city of Ravenna. Direct and indirect connections to adjacent regional trails, such as Metroparks, Serving Summit County’s Bike and Hike Trail, encourage a variety of short and long trail rides to local neighborhoods and towns to Cleveland, Akron. and the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail.

Historically used as a transportation route by Native Americans, with Standing Rock nearby, the Portage Hike and Bike Trail is also located along the historic Erie rail line, with a portion of it running alongside a still-active railroad operated by the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway. Portions of the trail travel along the Cuyahoga River, remnants of the P&O Canal, the historic Kent Railyards, Towner’s Woods, and Chestnut Hills Park. The Portage Hike and Bike Trail now connects schools, businesses, and parks with downtowns and neighborhoods from Ravenna to Kent and beyond.

Parking for Park District-managed sections in the townships is available at:
+ Lake Rockwell Road, Franklin Township
+ Towner’s Woods, Franklin Township
+ Cleveland Road in Ravenna
+ Hudson Road and Judson Road in Franklin Township for the Franklin Connector section.

Notable Trails

A description with a map of a 10.5-mile out and back hike on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail is on the AllTrails website.


  • Restrooms on site

Content from Official Website