This path spans the entire length of Cleveland’s 17-mile Lake Erie shoreline from the City’s eastern border with Euclid to it’s western border with Lakewood. The Lakefront Bikeway consists of both off-road and on-street paths, but the route is clearly signed. Highlights of the route include Cleveland’s best architecture as it passes through traditional neighborhoods such as Collinwood to suburban Bratenahl as well as the scenic Edgewater State Park and the stately old homes along Edgewater Drive. The following routes, Downtown Waterfront and Edgewater Park, are highly suggested portions on this bikeway.
- Downtown Waterfront: 5.0 miles one-way. Start: W 3rd St Light Rail Station
This section showcases the Cleveland Brown’s Stadium and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, conveniently accessible from the downtown hotels. If you’re not staying downtown, take the Light Rail to W. 3rd St. Station to pick the route up from the start. It begins by looping around the NFL stadium. About 1 mile in take a left onto Marginal Rd, then enjoy a lake views as you run past the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and onto the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. It is easy to pick up this route anywhere along Marginal Rd. or adjust the distance to match your preference.
- Edgewater Park: 2.55 mile loop. Start Edgewater Park Main Parking Lot.
As the name suggests, the park is located on Lake Erie about three miles west of Downtown Cleveland. During warm-weather months, Edgewater Park is the perfect place to soak up the sun on the 900-foot swimming beach, fish along the 200-foot pier, swim, boat, picnic and, of course, run. The paths offer beautiful views of Lake Erie as you wind through the upper and lower levels. In the summer on Thursday nights, Edgewater LIVE takes place. The park becomes fills with food trucks, live music, summer beverages and gorgeous Lake Erie sunsets. This event may not be the best time to run but could be a fun way to spend an evening. Of course, adding on other sections along the lake is possible.