Canal Exploration Center

CanalWay Center of the Cleveland MetroParks

2022 Spring Tour

From Boston Mills North to Hidden Valley

May 13-15, 2022

Following 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.

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Stanford House

Visitor's Center

The Canal Society of Ohio Inc.

Our Spring Tour  covered 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. 
The tour engaged both serious hikers and also non-hikers. Four different hikes were offered, totaling 11 miles through areas not accessible by car, with canal artifacts and wilderness areas seldom seen by most people. In place of hikes, those who preferred to ride the bus were treated to tours of Brandywine Falls, the exceptional artwork of the Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, and other readily accessible sites of interst.

 All tour participants enjoyed a gourmet picnic lunch at the Canal Exploration Center.

The evening banquet was held at Quaker Steak & Lube, across the street from the well watered Ohio & Erie Canal in Valley View. Our dinner speaker was Dr. Jacalyn Stuckey, Professor of History at Malone University in Canton, who spoke on German and Irish immigration and communities affected by Ohio canal development.

On Sunday, several participants rode the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, pulled by an actual steam locomotive.


 Spring 2022 Tour photos courtesy of Rita Van Evra