Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail

photo: Snow walkers. Photo by Stark County Park District. Type: Greenway
Length: 25.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Follows route of the Ohio & Erie Canal from the southern Summit County line to Rt. 212 in southern Stark Co., connects Canal Fulton south through Massillon to State Route Towpath Trail OH 212.

States: Ohio
Counties: Stark
Latitude: 40.81176   Longitude: -81.52907

From Cleveland, OH, take I-77 South. North of Canton, take EXIT 111, turning west onto Portage St. Upon arrival in Canal Fulton turn south (left) onto Rt. 93. Canal Fulton Canalway Center will be on the driver’s side immediately after crossing Canal St.

Alternate: I-77 South to SR 21. In Massillon, turn right at Lake Avenue Trailhead (stoplight). Hampton Inn available in downtown Massillon on Lincoln Way, a few blocks from the Towpath Trail.


The Stark County, Ohio, section of the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway has been designated the Congressman Ralph Regula Trail in honor of the Congressman who has championed its development as a recreational resource since the 1960s. The 25-mile trail follows the route of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal from the southern border of Summit County to the southern border of Stark County, passing through the historic villages of Canal Fulton and Navarre, the City of Massillon, rural country-sides and forested areas.

When the Ohio & Erie Canal opened in 1827, it was the first major canal west of the Appalachian Mountains. Along with New York's Erie Canal, it quickly became part of the most important superhighway system of its day.

By connecting the Ohio frontier with New York and New Orleans, the Ohio & Erie Canal helped people and products flow across America, fueling westward expansion, a national market economy and regional industrial might.

Today, the Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area. In Stark County it is a place to experience trails, a scenic byway, canal towns, rivers, industrial landscapes and green spaces, as visitors explore our past, present and future. In Stark County trail visitors can explore historic Lock 4 Park, take a ride on a replica canal boat, and visit at least four museums that highlight the history of the canal era in northeast Ohio. A large tunnel takes hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders under an active railroad; on another section of trail they pass by an inspirational bronze bust of former Senator and astronaut John Glenn who encourages to "reach for the stars."

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 880
Elevation High Point: 944
Year Designated: 2008

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Robert Fonte
Stark County Park District
5300 Tyner St NW
Canton , OH 44708
(330) 477-0956



Snow walkers. Photo by Stark County Park District.

Snow walkers. Photo by Stark County Park District.


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