Ride Name: 25 - Through the ledges and the woods to Brandywine Falls we go
Trail: Portage/Summit Bike and Hike Trails: Hudson Road Trailhead (Kent) to Brandywine Falls
Ride Type: Out and Back
Distance: 24 miles
Tonight’s ride heads northwest along the course of the old Akron, Bedford & Cleveland (ABC) Railroad through northern Portage and Summit County. We begin our ride at the Portage Bike and Hike Hudson Road trailhead in Franklin Township just north of Kent. Note that the Portage Park District has added more parking about 500 feet north of Judson Road on Hudson Road. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before our wheels-down time on this meet-up. Heading northwest, we enter Stow and hear the barks coming from Bow Wow Beach.
We soon cross under Darrow Road and skirt housing developments and natural areas on our way to climbing over Route 8 and Route 303. Day rides may include a stop at Tequila Poncho’s adjacent to the trail at the Route 8 overpass.
We ride beautiful ledges as the trail skirts the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Crossing over the Ohio Turnpike, we soon reach Brandywine Road where the trail turns left and heads downhill to Brandywine Falls. This is the newest extension to the trail and now allows cyclists to ride a gentler grade on a dedicated bike path over I-271 to Brandywine Falls. We take the obligatory stroll along the fall’s walkways before heading back to our bikes. We return to the Hudson Judson Trailhead.
This trail is a well maintained flat trail that is paved in asphalt. It is pretty level with few grade changes. We will cross Boston Mills and Hines Hill Roads during our ride. They are well marked and have good sight lines.
Out and back rides are designed with the intermediate and advanced cyclist in mind. These rides cycle out of a trailhead to a set destination, typically 8-10 miles away. After a break, the riders cycle back to the departure trailhead.
This ride travels at 10-12 mph. The ride is rated for leisure cyclists who enjoy cycling 10-12 mph on flat trails with an occasional hill or elevation gain. The trail surface is mixed with areas of both asphalt and packed limestone. It is relatively flat with some moderate elevation changes. The ride should be a comfortable ride for the intermediate cyclist.
This ride is on the calendar of the Spin-off Cyclists . We encourage you to join us on this and other rides. We are a group of cyclists of all ages and abilities who cycle the trails of Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas for fun, health and friendship.
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