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Towpath Trail

Connecting three Metroparks: Farnsworth, Bend View, Providence

Length: 8 miles one way

  • Farnsworth to Bend View Overlook, 2.2 miles 
  • Bend View Overlook to Providence Trailhead, 6.1 miles 
  • Towpath Trailhead to Farnsworth Indianola Shelterhouse, 0.5 miles 
  • Indianola Shelterhouse Trailhead to Roche de Bout Shelterhouse, 0.6 

Surface: stone screening, dirt

Traffic: Moderate

The trail, which is is part of the Buckeye Trail System (marked with blue blaze), follows the remains of the Miami and Erie Canal along the old tow path where mules towed flat-blottom boats alog the waterway.

Trees along the trail are typical of floodplains and include cottomwood, sycamore, buckeye, basswood and walnut. Numerous red bud trees put on quite a show of pink blossoms in early May. Deer, racoon, red fox, woodchuck, weasel and many other species of animals can be seen. Careful observers may even be treated to the noisy king fisher, magnificent osprey or even an occasional bald eagle It is also an excellent corridor for viewing migrating warblers in spring.

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