The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is a multi-county trail system that extends from the City of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County to the City of New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County. At this time, 85 miles of the planned 101 miles of trail are complete.  Future plans involve the extension of the trail from its current southern terminus near the Village of Zoar to the county seat of New Philadelphia, as well as connecting the final portions in northern Cuyahoga County from Harvard Avenue to the Cuyahoga River.  Plans call for the trail to be completed in the year 2020.

Once development of the Towpath Trail is complete, however, our work is still far from done. The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will continue to develop the area around the Towpath Trail by making it more accessible, connecting it to different areas, and sustaining the area for future generations.

Connector Trails

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition plans to continue work on connector trails, which will connect various cities in and around Northeast Ohio with the Towpath Trail. The goal of these connector trails is not only to make the Towpath more accessible, but to allow for a different and more environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.

As of 2014, Summit County alone had more than 50 miles of Connector Trails.

America’s Byway

The Ohio & Erie Canalway America’s Byway offers a different way to travel along the canal and through the National Heritage Area. The America’s Byway is a carefully planned route following closely with the Towpath Trail and Canalway. The route allows you to travel by car through the area and takes you through many cities born during the canal era.

Summit County Trail & Greenway Grants

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is pleased to announce that communities in Summit County are eligible to receive grant money for their trail projects identified on the popular Summit County Trails Plan. The Summit County Trails Plan identifies trails in Summit County and their connections to the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Summit Metro Parks’ Bike & Hike Trail, and other regional and local trail networks. 

To view and download the 2017 application, visit the link below: