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Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail — Massillon, Ohio to Clinton, Ohio

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail 30-mile Bike Ride

Come out for a ride! This is part of a trail ride series sponsored by the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) intended to bring awareness to the wonderful trails in our quad-state region (Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). All cyclists are welcome for this rails-to-trails, moderate-paced ride!

Join us, as we visit the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.  The ride departs from Rockne’s Restaurant, 155 Lincolnway West, Massillon, OH 44647 and follows the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail North 15-miles to the Clinton Trailhead, Clinton, Ohio and back.  GPS: 40.928610, -81.629517

Trailhead

Rockne’s Restaurant: 155 Lincolnway West, Massillon, OH 44647 
 
GPS: 40.795159, -81.524863
 

Features and Points of Interest:

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail follows the historic canal where mules once pulled boats from 1827 to 1913. To date, about 80 miles of the trail are complete from Cleveland south to Bolivar.  Plans exist to extend the trail to New Philadelphia, for a total of 110 miles.  Most of the route is level and well-shaded making for a pleasant trip.  The trail also parallels the Cuyahoga River, which provides habitat for a variety of aquatic wildlife. Birds include herons, geese, ducks and kingfishers. Frogs and salamanders mate and lay eggs in the pools that collect in the flood plains. Water-loving native and non-native trees and shrubs dominate the area. Native species include cottonwood, sycamore, elm and silver maple; their chewed stumps signal beaver activity. Wildflowers abound along the sunny, shrub-less sections of the trail.

Social

Following the ride or at the halfway point a social gathering and dinner will be held at Rockne’s Restaurant: 155 Lincolnway West, Massillon, OH 44647  . 

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