Established in 1989, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is a private, non-profit organization working on the development of the Ohio & Erie Canal Heritage Canalway. The Coalition provides educational programs, events and publications about the Heritage Canalway while developing strong working relationships with partners to preserve and interpret the natural, historical and recreational resources throughout the corridor.

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River Day 2015 on May 16

Canoe Adventure 2015

Saturday July 11, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a Canoe Adventure! Travel the historic canals of Akron on a canoe trip beginning at Nesmith Lake and continuing up the canal to the Richard Howe House. Guides and a picnic lunch are provided. Experience history and local wildlife in a unique setting. More information.

2015 Tour Du Towpath - Saturday July 11, 2015

2015 Tour Du Towpath

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday August 8th, 2015
Canal Fulton Visitor’s Center

Take a round trip adventure along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Whether it is 8, 16, or 32 miles, enjoy a day out with friends and family. Take a ride along the Ohio & Erie Canal followed by a cookout at St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton with Dulcimer music provided by Donna McDonald! Receive goodie bags, water along the trail, and giveaways. More Information & Register.

The Captains Ball June 13 2015 6pm

The Captain's Ball

June 13, 2015 6p.m. at Fairlawn Country Club

Presented by Welty Building Company & Honoring Bill & Becky Considine. On Saturday, June 13, 2013, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will be hosting the Canal Boat Captains Ball at the Fairlawn Country Club. The Captain's Ball is a premier fundraiser that benefits the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and our efforts to build the Towpath Trail through northeast Ohio, as well as thank members of the community for their support of the Towpath Trail. Read More - Attend

Join Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

Join Us - Membership Information

Would you like to see the Towpath Trail completed but aren’t sure how you can help? An easy way for you to contribute is to join the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition! Your contribution to the Towpath Trail can help us make all 101 miles a reality! Continue reading...

Help Us Complete Towpath Trail by 2020

Goal: Complete Towpath Trail by 2020

Do you walk or bicycle with your family, walk or exercise your dog on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail? Please show your support and make a donation and help us complete the Towpath Trail by 2020! Continue reading...

Canal Cleanup - Summit Lake Area of the Towpath Trail

Summit Lake CleanupMore than forty volunteers from Hatch Mott McDonald, MWH Global, G. Stephens and The University of Akron met us at 9 Plato Lane in Akron to clean up the Summit Lake area of the Towpath Trail on Saturday. The volunteers and OECC collected about 100 bags of trash from the area. Thank you, everyone who participated, for making a positive impact on the Towpath Trail and Summit Lake!


3rd Annual Lockheed Martin Towpath Freedom 5K

Lockheed Martin

On Saturday November 8th, over 150 people partook in the 3rd Annual Lockheed Martin Towpath Freedom 5K. The race commemorates the Towpath Trail from Cleveland to New Philadelphia. The morning started off with live music and a kids run between Locks 3 and 4.

5K runners began at Lock 3 where they joined the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition in honoring the Veterans with a flag ceremony and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Anthony Maroon of the Legends. With a blow horn start, the participants completed their 3.1 miles along the Towpath Trail in Downtown Akron.

After the race, runners were able to come back to Lock 3 for some food and drinks and a brief awards ceremony to recognize those who placed.

The Anand Family at the Freedom 5K
The Anand Family
The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition would like to thank all who attended the 5K, our sponsors, our committee members, and our volunteers. If you enjoyed this year’s race or missed out on the fun, be sure to visit our website regularly for our 2015 events.

A special thank you to Lock 3 and to our generous sponsors: Lockheed Martin, Black & Veatch, Burgess & Niple, Cohen & Company, Communication Exhibits Inc., GPD Group, Meaden & Moore, and Stanley Steemer.

Partial Towpath Trail Closure
Begins Monday, October 27 2014

Brecksville, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) announces the closure of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) from Lock 29 Trailhead to SR 303 in Peninsula, from Monday, October 27 through Friday, December 19. A detour is provided through the Village of Peninsula. The closure is necessary for riverbank stabilization. The trail will be closed during the weekday, starting at 7 a.m. and open during the evenings and on weekends, limited exceptions may occur during construction.

Please check www.nps.gov/cuva in advance of traveling to the park for updates. Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resource, and park staff.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting.

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Akron General is a proud sponsor of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
Akron General is a proud sponsor of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition