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Visitors to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park have a rare opportunity to see and travel the Erie-Ohio Canal trails on horseback just as early pioneers did in the 1800’s.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park bridle trails maintain their popularity with local riding clubs thanks to the diverse landscape and riding levels offered in the park. Unfortunately, there are no horse rentals adjacent to the bridle trails; however, a number of riding clubs can be contacted for horseback riding tours. Horse trailers can be parked in the Station Road parking lot, close to Brecksville Reservation where large pull-through parking spaces.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s bridle trails include:

Wetmore Trail – This 4 mile moderate-level trail has a 250 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: on Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is north of Wetmore Road. Approximate riding time is 1.5 hours.

Dickerson Run Trail – This 1 mile easy to moderate-level trail has a 175 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is north of Wetmore Road. Approximate riding time is 20 minutes.

Tabletop Trail – This .75 mile easy to moderate-level trail has a 100 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is north of Wetmore Road.

Langes Run Trail – This 4.5 mile moderate to difficult-level trail has a 190 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is mostly south of Wetmore Road. Approximate riding time is 2 hours.

Butler’s Trail – This .75 mile easy-level trail has a 150 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Trail is south of Wetmore Road. Approximate riding time is 20 minutes.

Valley Trail – This 15 mile moderate to difficult-level trail has a 360 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Brecksville Stables. Take Brecksville Stables to Wetmore (11.4 miles) then ride Wetmore to Riding Run (3.1 miles.) Wetmore and Langes Run connect the north and south segments. Trailhead is on the Langes Run Bridle Trail accessible via the Wetmore Trailhead. On Wetmore Road .6 miles east of Akron Peninsula Road, 1.75 miles south of Peninsula, Ohio. Approximate riding time is 4 to 5 hours.

Riding Run Trail – This 3.25 mile moderate to difficult-level trail has a 260 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Everett Road Covered Bridge Trailhead, on Everett Road .5 miles west of Riverview Road in Everett, Ohio. Approximate riding time is 1.5 hours.

Perkins Trail – This 3.75 mile difficult-level trail has a 260 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Everett Road Covered Bridge Trailhead, on Everett Road .5 miles west of Riverview Road in Everett, Ohio. Approximate riding time is 1.5 hours.

The following three bridle trails are provided by the Cleveland MetroParks in conjunction with Cuyahoga Valley National Park:

Bedford Reservation (Moderate) – This 6 mile moderate to difficult-level trail has a 270 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Hemlock Creek Trailhead. On Dunham Road immediately across from Tinker’s Creek Road, 1.4 miles north of Alexander Road in Bedford Reservation. Approximate riding time is 2.5 hours.

Bedford Reservation (Easy) – This 3 mile easy-level trail has an 8 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Station Road Bridge Trailhead, on Riverview Road, 0.2 miles south of State Route 82 in Brecksville, Ohio. Approximate riding time is 1 hour.

Brecksville Reservation – This 9 mile moderate to difficult-level trail has a 260 foot elevation change and its trailhead is located at: Stables Parking Area Trailhead, on Meadows Drive, 0.4 miles south of Valley Parkway on Meadows Drive in Brecksville, Ohio. Approximate riding time is 3.5 hours.