On July 16th, 2016 the riders of the inaugural Towpath 150 took off from Alcoa in Cleveland to head to Zoar, Ohio on the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail.
The riders gathered sponsors for their ride to raise funds to assist Canalway Partners in the development of the Towpath Trail and the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.
Currently 85 miles of the Towpath Trail are complete. In the north, the Towpath is being extended to Canal Basin Park in Downtown Cleveland, and in the south it is going to New Philadelphia, Ohio. When complete, the Towpath will be 101-miles long.
The Towpath is a great example of a regional project- it is a collaboration between many different agencies. The Towpath Trail is maintained by the Cleveland Metroparks, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Summit Metroparks, Stark Parks and the Tuscarawas County Park Department.
The Towpath Trail is at the heart of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which was designated by Congress to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal which helped Ohio and our nation grow.
The team celebrated a successful journey at the Bolivar Summer Spectacular, which featured a classic car show and the Cleveland band Faith & Whiskey.
The inaugural Towpath 150 was a great time exploring the Towpath Trail and seeing some of the sites in the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Canalway Partners looks forward to expanding the event in the coming years.
A Trip to Bolivar on the Towpath Trail, August 2015