Most bike rides make you wait all the way till the end to get your treats – but our Honey Hut “Scoop Loop” riders get them at the halfway point! After you leave the BikeSpark hub, you will journey north on the beautiful Towpath Trail in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Towpath is a smooth, hardpacked dirt/gravel surface that is perfect for experiencing the park on 2 wheels at a casual pace. Since it follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal, you will find that the miles breeze by without any hills to slow you down. You can also take part in a fact finding scavenger hunt, and the ride will have volunteers and support bicycles on the trail to help with any problems along the way.
You will know that you’ve reached the halfway point when you see the Canal Exploration Center! This historic building will help you dig into the canal-era past and explore life on the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. Exhibits illustrate canal life in the valley, and describe how the canal-era building once served canal boat passengers waiting to pass through Canal Lock 38.
But that won’t be the only thing you dig into! Your ride is called the Honey Hut “Scoop Loop” for a reason! Stick your spoon deep into a scoop of delicious handmade ice cream before saddling back up for your ride back. Honey Hut is Cleveland’s original homemade ice cream shoppe, founded in 1974, with multiple locations to cover that summertime ice cream craving.
All that’s left now is a relaxing spin back to the BikeSpark hub to complete your 15 mile roundtrip! If you are hungry or thirsty – there will be outstanding food and drink available for purchase (or make it easy by adding lunch to your cart when you pre-register.)
It will taste even better!