Reward your bike (and yourself) for the numerous miles and workouts you have endured over the summer with a cycling and camping adventure. Starting and ending at Bonnie Park, choose a 15, 35, or 50 mile ride each day. Share the roadway and sections of All Purpose Trail as you pedal towards Rocky River Marina on Saturday and Ohio & Erie Canal on Sunday. Try slacklining and disc golf before relaxing around a bonfire. Helmets required. Bring your own tent or rent one from us. No dogs allowed.
Bonnie Park, Mill Stream Run Reservation
Registration by August 27: $55 Adults, $35 Children ( under 17) (includes dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday, and t-shirt while supplies last) After August 27: $65 Adults, $45 Children
Tent reservations (while supplies last) available by calling 216-341-1704
- 2 person tent: $10
- 3-4 person tent: $15
- 8 person tent: $20
*All routes are self-supported with aid stations providing water and gatorade along the way. Participants should bring the following as a minimum:
Pedal the Parkway Saturday Routes
(Routes are subject to change if necessary)
15 Miles: Bonnie Park to Big Creek Loop; (16.1 miles actual)
Ride along Valley Parkway from the Chalet on either the road or All Purpose Trail (APT) to Big Creek Parkway until you see beautiful Lake Isaac where you will find an aid station. Immerse yourself in nature as you ride along one of the most active wildlife corridors in Cuyahoga County, the Lake to Lake Trail. Enjoy viewing migrant waterfowl as you travel across boardwalks overlooking stunning marshes until you reach Lake Abram. From here, the course is designed to ride a section of road which requires intermediate cycling skills. The road section will be Eastland Road to Holland Road which turns into Huffman Road to Stumph Road to Big Creek Parkway which will bring you back to Lake Isaac for another stop at the aid station before returning to the Chalet for lunch. If you are uncomfortable riding on this section of road, they will have the option to turn around at Lake Abram and ride the same route back although it won’t be signed in that direction and your ride will be cut to about 10 miles. This is a loop route with some short climbs and requires an approximately 5 mile road ride section.
35 Miles: Bonnie Park to Rocky River Marina; (33.5 miles actual)
Start off riding along Valley Parkway from Bonnie Park, and ride on either the road or the All Purpose Trail. Enjoy the beautiful parkway as you ride gently downhill towards Lake Erie, passing Wallace Lake and the Rocky River Nature Center along the way. Feel free to stop inside and enjoy the nature center (You may want to bring a bike lock if you decide to stop.) before continuing along the picturesque Rocky River to Rocky River Marina for an aid station. Enjoy the calm flow of the river before turning around to make the trek back to Bonnie Park where you’ll enjoy camping, disc golf, and dinner. This is an out and back mostly flat route down towards Lake Erie and back to Bonnie Park.
50 Miles: Big Creek Loop and Rocky River Marina Route (48.4 actual)
Combine the thrills of both routes, and enjoy starting with the Big Creek Loop. After riding the Big Creek Loop, you’ll turn right and head north on Valley Parkway to join up with the Rocky Rive Marina route. Enjoy the aid stations and Rocky River Nature Center along the way. This route combines both routes and requires an approximately 5 mile road ride section. We ask that all riders be back to Bonnie Park by 6:00pm, so please plan accordingly.
Pedal the Parkway Sunday Routes
(Routes are subject to change if necessary)
15 Miles: Bonnie Park to Stuhr Woods Picnic Area (13.1 miles actual)
Enjoy this mostly flat route riding along either the All Purpose Trail or Valley Parkway. Enjoy the scenic route twisting and turning through hardwood forests and beautiful scenery as the signs of fall return. This shorter route allows you to take your time before turning around at Stuhr Woods Picnic Area in Brecksville Reservation where an aid station will be waiting, so you can fuel up before your ride back to Bonnie Park. Except for the climb to Stuhr Woods Picnic Area, this is a fairly flat, out and back route that doesn’t require any road riding.
35 Miles: Bonnie Park to Brecksville Loop (34.6 miles actual)
Experience the slow climbs and fast descents of Pedal the Parkway with this route as you ride from Bonnie Park to Brecksville Reservation along scenic Valley Parkway. Riders can travel on the road or All Purpose Trail (APT); however, riders must ride a section of road that requires basic cycling skills from Ridge Road to Brecksville road before having the opportunity to get back on the APT. Riders will be able to catch their breath riding downhill to Chippewa Creek Drive, which results in a climb to the Nature Center. Feel free to stop inside and enjoy the nature center (You may want to bring a bike lock if you decide to stop.) before continuing on a series of uphill’s and downhill’s resulting in a nice flow and rewarding scenic ride until you return to Valley Parkway. A climb is demanded before you can rest your legs at the aid station before returning to Bonnie Park for the evening. This is a route with moderate hills in the middle but starts and finishes with lots of flat. This route also requires about 4 miles of road riding.
50 Miles: Bonnie Park to Brecksville to Ohio & Erie (56.5 miles actual)
This route shares the first 18 miles of the 35 mile route, but then splits off and continues down to the Cuyahoga River via the Towpath Trail. Enjoy the scenic Towpath Trail along the old Ohio to Erie Canal. Riders will continue north in the valley on the Towpath enjoying beautiful bridges, historical markers, and wildlife before reaching the turnaround spot at Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation where the aid station will be awaiting you. Feel free to stretch your legs as you enjoy CanalWay Center. (You may want to bring a bike lock if you decide to explore CanalWay Center). For the return route, you’ll follow the same route back with a minor loop change in Brecksville Reservation. This route is an out and back route with climbs, 11 miles of crushed stone towpath riding, and 4 miles of road riding. We ask that all riders be back to Bonnie Park by 4 pm, so please plan accordingly.
*Please note: while you can ride on either the All Purpose Trail (APT) or road, the routes will be signed with the APT in mind.