Virtual Akron

The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is part of Akron's history, and, in a way, without, Akron would not be here today. The Ohio & Erie Canal, begun in 1825, connected Cleveland to the landbound areas of Ohio. General Simon Perkins recognized the need for a connecting point along the canal and thus Akron was born. Horses walked the towpath to pull the barges along the canal.

Today the trail is a 20-mile long stretch of the canal towpath which has a solid crushed limestone surface making it ideal for hiking or biking. The trail is frequently being expanded and soon visitors will be able to go from Cleveland to well-south of Akron. Visitor centers and exhibits along the way provide a look into the area's rich past.

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