Launching May 27, Cycle Canalway helps bikers explore the Towpath Trail with self-guided bike tours via detailed maps. Varying from short, easy rides to daylong adventures, each map helps riders experience the historic and natural assets of the Ohio & Erie Canalway during the ride.
Cycle Canalway tours are free and include three different lengths for various experience levels:
To participate it Cycle Canalway, register online and you’ll receive email access to all the maps. Then, simply ride on your own schedule! Post about your ride on social media using #cyclecanalway and tagging Canalway to be entered to win a weekly prize package.
Riders can also participate in Cycle Canalway by attending our Sunday Social rides, happening each Sunday in June in various areas along to Towpath Trail. More details coming soon.
On the Towpath Trail, you’ll travel along the path where, from 1827 to 1913, mules pulled canal boats laden with passengers and goods up and down the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. Today’s trail follows the historic Towpath as closely as possible, the exact route determined by historic maps and remnants of the trail itself. In some places, the trail leaves the historic route where time has erased the old path.
Along the trail, you can learn more about the cultural, historic, natural and recreational resources being preserved and celebrated along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Currently just over 90 miles, when completed, the Towpath Trail will be 101 miles long.