Place

Canal Exploration Center Trailhead

3-sided kiosk by a picnic table and benches. Path leads to a two-story white building behind.
Information kiosk at Canal Exploration Center.

NPS / Tim Fenner

Quick Facts

Accessible Sites, Audio Description, Baby Changing Station, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Maps Available, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Parking - Bus/RV, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Restroom - Accessible, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

Start your adventure here with a stop at this information kiosk. Canal Exploration Center and its grounds are part of a national historic landmark. The former tavern and store sits along the Ohio & Erie Canal. This canal was once a vital link between markets on the East Coast and raw natural resources in the heartland. It carried people, goods, news, and ideas in both directions. Visit the center to explore canal history through hands-on exhibits.

Walk the adjacent Towpath Trail north to learn about the valley’s 
American Indian heritage. Head south to see Tinkers Creek Aqueduct, Alexander-Wilson Mill, and Frazee House.

On the other side of the parking lot, the footbridge leads to a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad station. Many views along the historic train line have seen few changes in over a century of rail traffic.