Freedom Trail (OH)


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Freedom Trail (OH) Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Summit
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail end points: west of County Road 8 between College and Union streets (Akron) and Middlebury Road (Tallmadge)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016747
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Freedom Trail (OH) Description

Northern Ohio's Freedom Trail currently offers more than 7 miles of tree-lined pathway along the former Freedom Secondary Railroad. From Eastwood Avenue in eastern Akron, the paved trail follows a northeastern course, winding through Tallmadge, and heading up to the Summit/Portage County Line on the outskirts of Kent. On your journey, watch for bald eagles, coyote, and white-tailed deer.

The Freedom Trail ends at Middlebury Avenue, about 3 miles shy of the Portage Hike and Bike Trail, which continues eastward more than 9 miles from Kent (not far from Kent State University) to Ravenna.

On its other end, extends into downtown Akron near the University of Akron campus, putting it just blocks from the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, a whopping 85-mile pathway the heads north through Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Cleveland, and south to Bolivar.

Parking and Trail Access

About mid-trail, parking and restrooms are available at Lions Park (245 Northeast Ave., Tallmadge). On the north end of the trail, a parking lot is available at 1765 Northeast Ave. in Tallmadge.

Freedom Trail (OH) Reviews

Found several articles and pictures about the new trailhead on Mill St. in Akron. YEEHA!!! Drove on over. Found some nice artwork on the bridge abutments, some new grass, BUT the trail was just 2 dirt tracks covered with weeds. BUMMER!!! Drove east on Mill and N Forge, turned right on N Arlington and found a new trailhead. All done except for the signs. (See photo) Surrounded by scrap yards and kind of desolate, but parked anyway. Hopped on the bike and rode west toward Akron on a surprisingly beautiful tree-lined and shaded paved trail. Crossed a newly redecked Erie RR bridge over N Forge. Rode under noisy SR8 and then came to an abrupt end of the pavement and a Road Closed sign. (See photo). Think I was about behind Famous Supply on N Union. No trail access there, but did see a neighborhood access back East of SR8. Rode back east, back past the scrap yards, over a new bridge over a RR track and onto the existing trail at Eastwood Ave. Near Eastwood is more wide open since the trail follows power lines. Love what somebody wrote on the Road Closed sign "Finish me Akron....I go nowhere". It'll be nice to someday be able to ride all the way from the Towpath Trail to Ravenna. Just not today......Bikin-Mike 7/8/2018

Freedom trail was a nice paved trail, however it crossed to many roads for our liking.

While in the area for the Monroe Falls Triathlon, took advantage of this great little trail.
Runs from Monroe Falls into Akron through Tallmadge.
Nicely asphalt paved, nice and flat. Areas open (full sun) and areas shaded by a canopy of trees. Friendly people along the trail!
Though there is no real parking at East Avenue in Tallmadge, you may find a place to park nearby.
In Tallamage there are several eateries to choose from located just yards off the trail. Sandwich place, a few fast food restaurants, convenience store and a couple of restaurants. Convenience store if you need water, and pharmacy if you forgot your sunscreen.
Restrooms about 1 mile out of Tallmadge at Lion's Park right on the trail. Large parking lot there too. And a water fountain. Pack a picnic lunch and take advantage of Lion's Park.
I rode most of the 6.2 mile trail, and back.


There are trailheads with parking at the northern end at Middlebury Rd & Rte 261 and at the Tallmadge Lions Club park (which also has a restroom). Scenery ranges from deep woods to residential to town center to industrial. While there are several busy roads to cross, it was not much of a problem. Would not want to try it with young children though.

This trail is now known as The Freedom Trail, and goes from the intersection of Middlebury Rd and State Rte 261 all the way to Eastwood Ave near downtown Akron. While there are a few busy crossings, it is a very pleasant, quiet trail.

Besides the dicey (no light or crosswalk) road crossings in downtown Tallmadge this trail is very nice. It also almost connects with Portage Hike and Bike trail. All you have to do is cross the bridge and you can go all the way to Ravenna if you like.

Until this month (October, 2012) this was partly paved and partly cinder trail. I work in a nearby business and walked it often, but it would flood out and become generally unusable near Lion's Park in Tallmadge if the weather didn't cooperate. Plus, it wasn't friendly to anything but walking/running or mountain biking. That's all changed now since they've repaved the whole thing, put in new concrete crosswalk pads, tore out the rails from the roads and generally cleaned up the trail. It's good for all sorts of things you can do on asphalt. Sure, the constant stop/go around the Tallmadge Circle is annoying, but it's better than trying the same thing on the streets or sidewalks. What will really be nice is when the northern end is eventually connected to the Towpath Trail which will lead into Akron and all the way up to Cleveland.

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