Plan Your Visit

By Foot, Train or Car

The living landscape of the Canalway can be traversed in many different ways. Visitors are invited to experience the Canalway along three major paths: by driving the scenic byway, riding the scenic train or walking, hiking or biking the towpath trail.

The Scenic Byway: The Canalway Ohio National Scenic Byway leads travelers from Cleveland south to Dover/New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County along 110 miles of scenically enthralling roads. The byway wind along what is left of the canal, including stretches where the waterway and functioning locks still exist, areas where the water no longer runs but the Canalway and towpath trail are still visible, and portions where the former canal has been paved over.

Among only 96 routes in the country that have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for their historic and scenic merit, the byway offers travelers a refreshing alternative to the interstate.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: This excursion railway cuts through the natural beauty of the valley. Currently, visitors can travel between the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the cities of Akron and Canton. As service extensions are planned, riders will be able to ride from downtown Cleveland to the Village of Zoar in Tuscarawas County.

The Towpath Trail: Currently, 70 miles of multi-use recreational trail are available to visitors choosing to traverse along the Canalway without vehicle. With a goal of refurbishing and connecting all 101 miles of the Canalway Ohio’s Towpath Trail, visitors love the escape from congested roads to cut through scenic forests, along historic sites and surrounded by beauty — all on a comfortable surface. Museums, visitor centers, historic sites and parks serve as welcoming stops along the trail. A plethora of events are scheduled along the towpath trail throughout the year, including marathon runs, history hikes, bicycle excursions and more.

Did You Know?

Zoar Village Photo. Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society.

The Village of Zoar was founded in 1817 by a group of German Separatists seeking to escape religious persecution in their homeland.