Metroparks bike trail set to open as school year closes
Rachel Raykov/ The Explorer
The Metroparks hike and bike trail is currently undergoing construction near the Brandywine Road area. The newly safe trail is expected to be open on June 25.
In mid-June, the final section of the Summit County Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail will re-open to the public. In the spring of 2011, the trail began a $2.53 million project so bikers could avoid a dangerous section on Brandywine Road.
According to Metroparks spokesman Nate Eppink, “People are already using [a part of the new] trail, though they still have to cross I-271 on Brandywine Road.”
The 310-foot pedestrian bridge is the last phase of the construction project. Construction of the bridge is being overseen by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The bridge is projected to open on June 25.
According to summitmetroparks.org, “The 33.5-mile Bike and Hike Trail was one of the first ‘rails to trails’ conversions in the country. It follows the course of the old Akron, Bedford and Cleveland (ABC) Railroad, which was the longest electric railroad of its kind when it was built in 1895. Until service was discontinued in 1932, riders could travel for 50 cents from Akron to Cleveland’s Public Square in about 2.5 hours.”
The site continues, “Today, east of Route 91 in Munroe Falls, the Bike & Hike Trail parallels a scenic section of the Cuyahoga River where great blue herons, Canada geese and a variety of ducks can be seen South of Boston Mills Road in Boston Heights, the Sharon Conglomerate rock walls of the Boston Ledges rise along the trail. Farther north, the trail travels along Brandywine Road. A parking area adjacent to the bridge over I-271 offers a view of Brandywine Falls which, at 75 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in Ohio.”
Senior and Brandywine Road resident Trevor Smith says, “In the summer, I plan to ride on the Bike and Hike three days a week. I’ve already checked out the new section of trail, and it looks really nice.”
The Bike and Hike provides a fun, safe environment to work up a sweat or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery. Be sure to stop by the trail and the newly completed section this summer.