2264 Ravenna Rd, Kent, OH 44240 (Franklin Twp)
• 40-car asphalt parking lot
• Restrooms—(non flush toilets)
• Information Kiosk
• Picnic Shelters
• Sledding hills
• Hiking Trails/ Cross Country Ski Trails
• The PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail Access
• Historic Brady Interlocking Railroad Tower
Towner’s Woods was acquired in phases by Portage County in the 1970’s as a potential water supply, with a later addition by the Park District. It was developed as parkland and opened to the public in 1975. The property consists of 234 rolling acres of mixed forests, diverse wetlands, and meadows in Franklin and Ravenna Townships. The park is next to Lake Pippen, a pristine glacial kettlehole lake owned by the City of Akron. Foot trails throughout the park provide easy to strenuous hiking and renowned cross-country skiing through beautiful natural scenery and varied habitats.
Historically, 2,000 years ago the Hopewell Indians created a burial mound, located overlooking Lake Pippen which was excavated in the early 1900’s. Towner’s Woods and The PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail are also located on the key Erie Railroad line. The 1913 Brady Interlocking Switch Tower was used to switch the lower set of train tracks (now Norfolk Southern). Now just used for storage, the building has great potential for other uses.
Towner’s Woods trailhead provides access to the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail, between Kent and Ravenna.
• Open dawn to dusk
• No horses, bikes or motor vehicles
• No alcohol or other intoxicants
• Pets must be leashed; please pick up after your pet
• Stay on trails
• No access to Lake Pippen or shoreline
Cross Country Skiing