Canal Exploration Center
Canal Society of Ohio Inc.
Our Spring Tourwill cover the northernmost 15 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal, from Boston Mills to Hidden Valley. The canal is mostly watered through that area, with a well maintained towpath for hiking and biking. There are remains of eight locks, some restored, as well as culverts, aqueducts, dams and many canal-era buildings. Space is limited, so please respond sooner rather than later, using this Mail-in Order Form.
This tour will appeal to both serious hikers, and to non-hikers. If you're a serious hiker, you will enjoy walking through areas not accessible by car, seeing canal sites seldom seen by most people. If you're not a serious hiker, you can ride the bus between trailheads, enjoy short walks to readily accessible sites, and make extra stops at Brandywine Falls and other scenic places.
Would you like to stay at a lodge in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Then consider our Weekend Package for $200. The Weekend Package INCLUDES the all-day bus tour and banquet on Saturday May 14, plus room and board for two nights at the Stanford House in Boston Mills. The Stanford House is a restored 1843 mansion offering all the fun of a college dorm, with free wi-fi, modern plumbing and kitchen, bunk beds, shared bathrooms, some shared sleeping quarters, and collegial meal preparation and clean-up.
Participants may choose one of three options:
The Weekend Package ($200) -- which includes the Bus Tour and Banquet
The Bus Tour and Banquet ($80)
The Banquet only ($30)
In addition, railroad enthusiasts can ride an authentic steam train beside the canal between Valley View and Akron on Sunday May 15. Purchase your own ticket directly from Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway – various starting times and starting places are available.
EVENING BANQUET, Saturday May 14
Speaker: Dr. Jacalynn Stuckey, Professor of History, Malone University
Location: Quaker Steak & Lube, Valley View, Ohio – buy your own beverages
ALL-DAY BUS & HIKING TOUR, Saturday May 14
From Boston Mills to the Pump House in Hidden Valley, there are 15 miles of towpath, remains of 8 locks, as well as culverts, aqueducts, other artifacts and canal-era buildings. Tour participants may choose to either ride the bus between trailheads, or hike between trailheads through areas seldom seen, or do some of both. The all-day tour includes a picnic lunch at the Canal Exploration Center and the evening Banquet in Valley View.
OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS, Friday and Saturday May 13-15
Participants who choose the Weekend Package ($200) will stay at the Stanford House in Boston Mills, a restored 1843 mansion operated by Conservancy for CVNP. The Stanford House features free wi-fi, modern plumbing and kitchen, as well as bunk beds, shared bathrooms, some shared sleeping quarters, and collegial meal preparation and clean-up. (Participants who prefer conventional lodging may book their own rooms at any of several nearby motels on Brecksville Road near Boston Mills Road, or at any other location.)
OPTIONAL STEAM TRAIN ADVENTURE, Sunday May 15
Purchase your own ticket directly from Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway – various starting times and starting places are available.
CanalWay Center of the Cleveland MetroParks
2022 Spring Tour
From Boston Mills North to Hidden Valley
May 13-15, 2022
Follow the towpath of the Ohio & Erie Canal
from the Visitors Center of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Boston Mills
to the end of the remaining canal, south of Harvard Road in Cuyahoga Heights.