Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Big Bend Trailhead (Summit Metro Parks)
Operator
County
Access
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
Drinking Water
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Big Bend Trailhead (Summit Metro Parks) is located in Ohio
Latitude
41.128 N
Longitude
-81.5402 W
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3 Reviews of Big Bend Trailhead (Summit Metro Parks)
Nice spot overall

The site sits up on a ridge overlooking the scenic railroad. Not extremely private. You can see a parking lot and hikers walking by at the bottom. Being higher up on the ridge helped make it feel a bit more secluded. There’s a big container fire chamber, bathrooms and water down at the bottom. Overall we really enjoyed, would be back.

Pretty Great

I had a really nice family picnic here. There’s was lots of open grassy fields that were nicely mowed. There’s plenty of room so you don’t feel crowded with other people.

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Private, Free, & Perfect for Bikepacking the Towpath

Shhhhhh…these campsites seem to be the best kept secret! These sites are specifically designed for hikers/cyclists. They are located just off the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath in northern Akron, OH and are FREE! No reservations possible; first come, first served only. Just be sure to register at the kiosk.

All sites are rustic and dispersed. There is room for maybe 5-6 tents small tents. No picnic tables or fire rings are provided. Lots of shade and since they are situated on a hillock above the park and parking area, there is a good deal of privacy, too. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon just hangin’ in the hammock with a bottle of chilled wine and appetizers from Papa Joe’s Italian Deli and Wine Shop which is located less than a mile from the campground.

While the campground itself doesn’t have water or restrooms available, just 50 yards down the hill you will find clean pit toilets, drinking water, and trash receptacles.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs just below the hillock that the campground is situated on. While it doesn’t seem to run at night, you’ll definitely hear the train whistle during the day.

Be sure to visit the historic Mustill Store Museum, at Lock 15 on the towpath, just south of this campground. Worth a visit…and if you are there when Mike (seasoned local volunteer) is there, you are in for a treat! Also, downtown Akron is great for some good eats -- lots of options to choose from on Main Street and the surrounding area.

More info here: https://centurycycles.com/articles/camping-along-the-towpath-trail-pg1342.htm