Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Henry County Miami, Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Hiking Trail

A section of the Buckeye Trail and the North Country National Trail in Northwest Ohio

Henry County's Tow Path Hiking Trail is a beautiful area to hike, bike, and cross country ski. Picturesque river vistas appear constantly through the brush as the trail winds along the scenic Maumee River, and the Miami Wabash and Erie Canal. Step back in time to the 19th Century when canals were a major national transportation route. Walk along the same path taken by countless ancestors from a simpler, slower time- just 150 years ago. Most of the Earth Works are still Intact. The river route was used by many famous settlers in the "Old Northwest" including Jean Baptiste Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes French Army from Fort Wayne to Fort Detroit in 1712, and General Anthony Wayne's Army's march up the Maumee in 1794. Indian traders, French Canadian Traders, Flat Boat Oarsmen, Canal Boat Captains, and an entire menagerie of 19th century historical characters all were part of the Canal era. See the work of Native American, Irish, and French workers who built the Canal in the mid 1800's