Canal Society of Ohio
Stumpy Basin Canal Wetland
After breaking ground earlier this year, the Boston Mill Visitor Center project is steadily moving forward.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
10:30 – Towpath Trail south from Boston Mill
There are no noticeable remnants of the O&E Canal along the trail immediately south of Boston Mill, because the ground was disturbed by construction of two high-level bridges. The first of the two twin-span high-level bridges is for I-271 (a short-cut between I-71 and I-90 designed to bypass Cleveland’s city center), built in 1968. The second high-level bridge is for the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). This bridge was reconstructed between 2001 and 2003.
10:50 – O&E Canal
After passing under the twin spans of the newish Ohio Turnpike Bridge, the Towpath Trail comes beside a watered level section of the O&E Canal, home to many sun-worshipping turtles.
11:00 – Stumpy Basin
This wide spot in the canal, now a swampy wetland, was encroached along its northern edge by construction of the Ohio Turnpike. The name reflects dozens of large immovable stumps which were present during canal times but which have long since rotted away. The basin served as a storage and maintenance area through the boating season, and ice was harvested in winter by the Lake Erie Ice Company.
11:05 – Lock 31 (Lonesome or Lost Lock)
Called “lonesome” for its isolated location, the Lock 31 spillway drained into Stumpy Basin.
11:15 – Railway Bridge
Built around 1880 by a predecessor of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this bridge is now used by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which is owned by the U.S. National Park Service.
11:20 – Dry River Channel
What looks at first like a dry canal prism on the right side of the Towpath Trail is a side channel of the Cuyahoga River, which did not exist in canal times and which has encroached on the canal prism. The original canal towpath was on the other side of this channel.
11:25 – Peninsula Feeder Lock and Dam
Cryptic stoneworks to the right of the Towpath Trail are traces of a feeder channel, once fed by a dam which no longer exists. Just above (south of) the feeder channel is Lock 30 (Feeder Lock).
Be among the first to visit the brand new (opening in October 2019) Boston Mill Visitor Center of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Lock 29 – Peninsula Mills
Overnight Accommodation is readily available along the nearby expressways. Nearest motels are in Hudson Ohio at the intersection of the Ohio Turnpike I-80 and State Route 8 -- Baymont by Windham (330) 650-2040 or Norwood Inn (330) 653-9191. Both are a short distance to the Boston Township Hall and the new Boston Mill Visitor Center.
This hike took all morning. We met for coffee and donuts at the
Boston Township Hall in Peninsula Ohio, then carpooled to the Boston Mill Visitor Center (a couple of miles north of Peninsula), then hiked a little-known part of the
Towpath Trail back south to Peninsula.
Canal Society of Ohio
November 2, 2019
Hike from Boston Mill to Peninsula (2+ miles)
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November 2nd 2019 mini-tour - Peninsula • REFLECTIONS
Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum
Canal Society of Ohio Mini-Tour
Saturday November 2, 2019
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula Ohio
Raising Boston Mill Center.