About The Trail

The Ohio & Erie Canal and Towpath Trail are home to many interesting activities along the 101-mile National Heritage Area. History enthusiasts can visit a number of museums and galleries detailing the long past of the Canalway area, while those who prefer to be outside can bicycle and hike along the Towpath Trail.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Whether you are one of the five million people living within a 50 mile radius of the National Heritage Area, or a visiting adventurer, the Ohio & Erie Canalway is guaranteed to have something to offer you.

The Towpath Trail offers many recreational opportunities.Recreational Activities

The Ohio & Erie Canal, Towpath Trail, surrounding waterways, and connecting trails offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy. Activities include hiking, bicycling, canoeing, bird-watching, horseback-riding, and fishing.

Fort Laurens Museum in Bolivar offers a historical canal opportunity.Historical Sites

Throughout the National Heritage Area, from the urban centers to the rural countryside, there are remnants of locks and structures associated with the development and growth of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Visit museums, monuments, and visitor’s centers to learn more about the extensive history of the canal, the surrounding area, and the many cities developed because of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Canal Tavern of Zoar is one of the many local businesses along the canal.Economic Development

Travel along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and, in addition to picturesque landscapes and wildlife, you will find many local attractions offering a taste of the National Heritage Area’s culture. The Ohio & Erie Canalway  encourages government officials, community volunteers, and businesses to work together to create a collective energy that attracts investment while maintaining a high quality of life. While on the Towpath or traveling through the National Heritage Area, we encourage you to stop and support local businesses along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

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To learn more about visiting the Towpath Trail on all four counties, take a look at the Ohio & Erie Canalway visitors website.