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.
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 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.
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.
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.