Veterans Trail

Background on the Veterans Trail:

  • An abandoned railroad right of way runs through the cities of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Silver Lake, Stow, and Hudson.

  • It has not been used since 1996 and will require tremendous investment in order to support rail traffic again.

  • It has long been recognized as an ideal trail opportunity and has been studied for more than 15 years.

  • But now the owner, Metro RTA, is considering the possibility of allowing it to be used for a trail.

  • And, Summit Metro Parks is considering partnering with Metro RTA to seek funding, construct and maintain the corridor and any improvements.

Opportunities Provided by This Trail:


  • Building a trail on a rail is less complicated and expensive as utility crossings and drainage are largely in place.

  • A rail trail is also safer because it is level and generally straight and has far less interaction with vehicle traffic.

  • The right-of-way passes through a densely populated section of Summit County yet includes stretches that are quite secluded and very scenic.​

  • Connects with 6 other existing or planned trails and will be ideal for recreational as well as commuter travel.​

  • Provides a unique opportunity to honor the commitment of all the veterans who have served.

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