Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–West Wilbeth Road Trailhead
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Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Tips for birding West Wilbeth Road Trailhead
Migrating and wintering waterfowl are drawn to this odd marshy area in urban Akron along the canal trail. Great Blue Herons nest nearby in small numbers, and Osprey nest here as well.
From Susan Carpenter
Birds of Interest
Northern Shoveler, Ring-Necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye
About the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Annually, more than 2.5 million Americans find their way to the iconic 81+ mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
Whether birding, biking, hiking, running, riding on horseback, taking a canal boat ride, or traveling alongside it by scenic rail — folks find that old-school “travel” along the Towpath Trail adds an undeniable energy to the quality of life in the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas in Northeastern Ohio.
Travel — literally! — along the path where, from 1827 to 1913, mules once pulled canal boats laden with passengers and goods up and down the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.
Today’s Trail follows the historic Towpath as closely as possible, the exact route determined by historic maps and remnants of the Trail itself. In some places, the Trail leaves the historic route where time and events have erased the old path. Along the Trail and at Key Visitor Centers, you can learn more about the cultural, historic, natural and recreational resources being preserved and celebrated along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. When completed, today’s Towpath Trail will be 101 miles long.
From Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail website
Restrooms at Bolanz Road trailhead and at Deep Lock Quarry.