Riding my bike on The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail (aka. The Towpath Trail) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is one of my favorite pastimes when I need to unwind. I love being outdoors, year round in fact, as I'm not one to hibernate and wait for nice weather. The Towpath Trail is a year-round trail that supports walking, biking (non-motorized), jogging, horseback trail riding on certain sections and cross-country skiing in the winter.
I hike year-round in the CVNP, and in the summer months, a friend of mine and I explore the many areas of this national treasure that is literally right in our own backyard. I can walk to the CVNP from my home so I try my best to not take this wonderful treasure for granted.
The Towpath Trail -- What is there to do? Walk, ride a bicycle, jog or even trail back ride a horse (certain sections only). With adequate snow, cross-country skiing is allowed -- the park does not snow plow the trail. The terrain, while mostly flat, varies from forests, welands and fields and the Cuyahoga River runs nearby at times. A bald eagle pair nests in the Spring and beavers are forever rearranging their home (they really need to stop watching HGTV) so the Towpath Trail is always entertaining. My son spotted a turtle family crossing the path once and we stopped to watch their journey.
In order to appreciate the significance of the Towpath Trail, it’s important to understand how it came to be. The Towpath Trail was created out of a need to transport goods to market in the early 1800s by connecting Lake Erie with the Ohio River so these goods could more quickly get to market. It is interesting that the combined construction cost of both the Ohio and Erie Canal as well as the Miami and Erie Canal was estimated to cost 5.2 million dollars while the actual construction cost totaled 41 million dollars, 25 million of which was interest on the loans. The genesis of the City of Akron Ohio was largely due to workers relocating to the area to help construct the canal.
Trail Map of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
This is cool and allows you to experience more of the Towpath Trail: if you are biking through the Towpath Trail during April through October, you can bike one way and hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) train with your bike for a return trip for only $2.
I hope you take advantage of this incredible resource and connect (or even re-connect) with our history and great outdoors.
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Original Article Source: Cleveland Real Estate Blog