The Ohio & Erie Canal

Black and white photo of a canal boat piled high with lumber, floating on the canal; an adult and two children sit near the stern, which reads "Charlotta".
A canal boat, the Charlotta, transports lumber on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

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The Ohio & Erie Canal traveled through the Cuyahoga Valley on its way to connecting the Ohio River with Lake Erie. Wherever this man-made ditch went, change followed: change for the Cuyahoga Valley, the region, and the nation. In the wake of the canal came prosperity, a national transportation system, and a national market economy. As you travel on the Towpath Trail, consider how the canal beside you once transformed the country.


Learn About the Canal

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    Lock Demonstrations

    During the summer and fall check for events at Canal Exploration Center. Experience live lock demonstrations while discovering the history of the canal.


    Places to Experience Canal History

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      Last updated: November 22, 2021

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