Goodyear Towpath Trek

September 1 - November 30, 2020

Join us for Towpath Trek this Fall 2018.

Explore the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in all of its fall glory when you participate in the 2020 Goodyear Towpath Trek! Individuals and families are invited to walk or bicycle four sections of the Towpath Trail and earn a dated, commemorative pin to celebrate your success. Here's how it works:

  1. Hike, bicycle, or walk the four sections of the Towpath Trail listed below.
  2. Fill out the form below with the number of participants, confirming you have finished all sections for 2020, and submit, along with your $3 payment per participant.
  3. We'll send you your commemorative pin!

Questions? Contact Amber Genet at 330-374-5657 or

2020 Towpath Trek Hikes

Hike #1: Canal Exploration Center to Frazee House

3.8 miles roundtrip
Discover the history of the Ohio and Erie Canalway by venturing through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Begin your trek at the Canal Exploration Center located at 7104 Canal Road in Valley View, where you can learn more about the canal and the connection between nature and history before heading south to the Frazee House.

Hike #2: Ohio & Erie Canal Summit Lake Trail

1.0 miles roundtrip
Discover the all that Summit Lake has to offer by taking a walk along the new Ohio & Erie Canal Summit Lake trail in south Akron. While enjoying the sights and sounds of Summit Lake, you might even see a blue heron or other local wildlife.

Hike #3: Vanderhoof Road to Franklin

4.6 miles roundtrip
Discover the beauty of the Tuscarawas River Valley as you hike or bike along the Tuscarawas River. Travel south from the Vanderhoof Road Trailhead (2456 Vanderhoof Road, New Franklin) to Franklin Trailhead (4 miles).

Hike #4: Village of Navarre

6.0 miles roundtrip
Explore the rural landscape of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail by visiting the Village of Navarre in Stark County. Start your journey at the Craig Pittman Park, located at 8200 Hudson Drive SW, and travel north on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the historic canal Village of Navarre, until you reach the Waterworks Park, a distance of about 3 miles, and return on the same trail. This section of trail is managed by Stark Parks, in partnership with the Village of Navarre.

View this year's hikes in PDF form.


Towpath Trek Registration

Number of Participants:

I verify that I and any other participants I am registering have walked or cycled all Towpath Trail sections outlined above.