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The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail: Growing One Stage at a Time

Written by: Jeff Kerr, Principal, PLA, AICP, ASLA

The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail has more than 2.5 million visitors running through the heart of the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Whether biking, hiking, running, horseback riding, traveling alongside it by scenic rail, the Towpath Trail means something different for everyone.

The Stage 3 Trail will pass under Clark Avenue to a new trail head and parking lot

About 20 years ago, the Cuyahoga Valley initiative defined strategies for protection and recovery of the valley’s natural character, and methods to use the rich heritage and unique historic and industrial features for economic growth and tourism.

The plan also provided new and sustainable ways for businesses to form and grow as a result of embracing these attributes, and the means for adjoining neighborhoods and visitors to the region. This initiative has evolved into the development of the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga County.

Towpath Trail
The stage 3 trail starts to rise to a new bridge that will cross West 7th Street to an area called, The Bluff

Environmental Design Group is honored to work on the towpath trail from early origin through today’s design. This effort has guided the ever expanding network of trails, and on Saturday, April 22, Canalway Partners will host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the next phase of trail design.

This event signifies the stage 3 phase of trail expansion extending 1.9 miles from the northern entrance of Steelyard Commons to Literary Avenue, and we’re proud to be part of the design and construction.

Sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on a video tour of the stage 3 trail development!

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