The iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, a section of the 326-mile Ohio to Erie Trail, runs from Cleveland, Ohio to New Philadelphia, Ohio with over 90 miles of trail extending through Tuscarawas, Stark, Summit, and Cuyahoga Counties. The trail follows the 101-mile trek through the National Heritage Area as closely as possible along the original path which mules pulled canal boats full of passengers and commerce up and down the historic Ohio & Erie Canal from 1827 to 1913. When completed, the trail will span the entire 101-mile original path.
Begin your hiking or biking adventure at any one of the 14 Trailheads in Stark County. Shady, flat terrain parallels the Tuscarawas River through deciduous forests and rural and urban landscapes. Start your journey at the southernmost trailhead, Canal Lands Park, to wander through the Historic Zoar Village and gardens. Continue into the historic canal town of Canal Fulton and take a ride on the replica canal boat, The St. Helena III. Continue north through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and onward to Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland.