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The PORTAGE 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.
Parking for Park District-managed sections in the townships is available at:
• Lake Rockwell Road, Franklin Twp.
• Towner’s Woods, Franklin Twp.
• Cleveland Road in Ravenna
• Hudson Road and Judson Road in Franklin Township for the Franklin Connector section.
• Multiple trailheads and parking areas
• Information kiosks
• Interpretive signs
• Picnic tables
• Multipurpose trail with asphalt surface
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.
Trail development was made possible thanks to a variety of individual donations, local, state and federal grants and through the cooperation of the ODOT and AMATS.
Historically used as a transportation route by Native Americans, with Standing Rock nearby, the PORTAGE 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 now connects schools, businesses and parks with downtowns and neighborhoods from Ravenna to Kent and beyond.
• No horses or motor vehicles
• No alcohol or other intoxicants
• Pets must be leashed; please pick up after your pet
• Stay on trails
• Pass on the left, and signal before passing