The Towpath Trail, Bedford Reservation From Alexander Rd. in Walton Hills to Highland Rd., connecting with a 20-mile bike trail that serves the MetroParks of Summit County. www.clemetparks.com
Beginning in the foothills of Independence and running all the way down to Akron, the Towpath Trail is as lengthy as it is lush. Winding through forests filled with deer, the smooth, mostly asphalt bike path is the area's most scenic, running amid towering pines next to the Ohio & Erie Canal. There are plenty of watering holes just off the route, such as Fisher's, the restaurant-tavern frequented by Peninsula's locals, and the swank Lockkeepers in Independence, where you can replenish all the calories you've just burned off.