Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (photo by volunteer Joe Prekop)

Trail etiquette tips

Behave with respect and courtesy to others on trails built for pedestrians and bicycles.

That’s the message from Summit Metro Parks rangers, who are asking users of the Bike & Hike, Freedom and Towpath trails to follow these simple guidelines:

-Be Courteous: All trail users should be respectful of others regardless of speed, skill level or mode of travel (i.e., bicycle, wheelchair or on foot).

-Pass on the Left: Pass other trail users on their left. Give an audible signal before passing, either by voice (e.g., “On Your Left!”) or other means (e.g., ringing a bell). Pay special attention when passing children and pets.

-Stopping: Move to the right when stopping. If possible, exit the trail. Be cautious of others approaching from behind and make sure they know you are pulling over.

-Be Predictable: Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind you before changing positions.

-Don’t Block the Trail: Use no more than half of the trail. Do not block the flow of other users.

-Obey All Traffic Signs and Signals: Use extra caution where trails cross streets. Stop at all signs and intersections. When entering or crossing a trail, yield to other users.

In addition, on every trail managed by Summit Metro Parks, dogs must be on leashes no more than 8 feet long. Mutt Mitts are provided in many high-usage areas to help visitors clean up after their pets. (Note: Dogs are not permitted at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.)

Pets must be kept on leashes while visiting Summit Metro Parks.

Summit Metro Parks manages the 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail, which travels southeast from Sagamore Hills into Munroe Falls and Stow; 22.4 miles of the north-to-south Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Summit County; and the 6.2-mile Freedom Trail, which travels west from Middlebury Road near the Portage County line to Eastwood Avenue in Akron.

For more information, call 330–867–5511 or visit summitmetroparks.org.

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