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See the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in a New Way with the "Bike Aboard!" Program

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers a special deal for bicyclists.

This Saturday is the start of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's 2011 Bike Aboard! program.

According to their website, Bike Aboard! allows you to bike the towpath trail as far as you like, then enjoy a relaxing one-way train ride on the scenic railroad back to the Brecksville Station (or any station along the route) for just $2. If you bike from the Brecksville Station, you could go as little as 4.25 miles to the Boston Mill station or more than 24 miles to the Akron Northside station. 

When I have participated, there has been a separate train car for bicycles, and CVSR employees loaded and unloaded all of the bikes.

I've biked to Peninsula a number of times, which is a 6.75-mile journey. I like to bring my camera and stop along the way to take pictures. Some of the things that I've seen along this route are blue herons, turtles, frogs, deer, rabbits and many beautiful wildflowers.

The ride to Peninsula is a great day trip because there's so much to see and do in this quaint little town. The website DiscoverPeninsula has many recommendations, including the following:

But you don't have a bike, you say? Don't worry; you can rent a bicycle in Peninsula at Century Cycles. Just check their website for details like hours, prices and availability.

The CVSR website indicates that for Bike Aboard! you should arrive at the station 10 minutes prior to the train's scheduled arrival time and pay your fare when you board. 

Bike Aboard! runs from April through October. There are no guaranteed seats and the $2 fare is only available to bicyclists. The train only runs on weekends during April and May. And keep in mind that the  is temporarily closed due to construction, and the train doesn't make a stop there at this time.

Check out the National Park Service website or pick up a schedule of events at the  for more information.

Heather McGahee March 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM
I've actually done this, without the railroad part, in Pennsula on rented bikes with my family (visiting from out of town) and it was wonderful! I'll add another creature - the painted duck! I love the idea of taking a train back because we were pretty tuckered out at the end (though the big meal at Winking Lizard made it all better). Thanks again, for another great idea!!!
Alex April 01, 2011 at 12:42 PM
You have the best ideas! I had no idea this existed; I'm so excited to do it! Thanks and I look forward to your articles every week! Alex~
Jessica Roblin April 01, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I know I enjoy this bike path, too. Thanks for the comments everyone!

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