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Akron, OH – (April 27, 2021)— The Ohio & Erie Canalway has announced the seventh edition of its Towpath Companion, redesigned for the first time in its nearly 20-year history. This book is the result of a collaboration of partners from across the National Heritage Area, led by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area has a rich history and culture, much of which can be discovered by traveling along the Towpath Trail as it traverses landscapes from Cleveland to New Philadelphia. Whether traveling by bicycle or foot, whether bird-watching or capturing photos, there’s always more to explore—and the new Towpath Companion is now available to help explorers do just that.


The redesigned Towpath Companion is an interpretive guide to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, providing contextual information for many destinations along the 110-mile corridor of the National Heritage Area in Northeast Ohio. Now in its seventh edition, the Towpath Companion guides readers through the story of the Ohio & Erie Canalway’s history, culture, natural environment, and recreational assets since first printed in 2002.


The Towpath Companion is on sale for $19.95 on the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition’s website,, and will be available at various partner locations and bicycle shops throughout the region.

“The Towpath Companion is such an integral tool in understanding the many opportunities for exploration along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail,” said Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, and co-executive director of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association. “We’re happy to offer this resource to visitors from near and far.”


This seventh edition, printed in the spring of 2021, was the first edition to receive a complete redesign, offering readers additional facts, beautiful pictures, and updated maps to aid in their learning journey. A digital guide will be available soon.

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