Historical Canal Hike steps off at Ft. Laurens

Historical Canal Hike steps off at Ft. Laurens

Image Credit: Kyle Valentini

Learn how the Ohio & Erie Canalway altered Tuscarawas County’s environment, economy and culture during a Historical Canal Hike on Saturday, Nov. 20. The hike is sponsored by Rural Action and Appalachian Understories.

This 2-mile hike on the towpath is ideal for participants of all ages and will start at 10 a.m. at the canal access point in Bolivar beside Fort Laurens. Dan Rice, president of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, will provide insight along the way.

“I’m most excited to learn about how canals enriched the lives of the communities in Tuscarawas County,” said Johna Metcalf, an AmeriCorps VISTA for Rural Action member. “While Dan can provide the context for how people in the area interacted with the canalway in the past, I hope that participants on the hike can chime in with their memories too.”

The hike costs $20 and will not require masks because it is an outdoor event. Participants are asked to be respectful of each other’s comfort levels regarding masks and social distancing. The hike will cover easy to moderate terrain. Let them know of any accessibility accommodations they can provide.

To register and pay, go to www.bit.ly/3q0So46. For other payment options, call Rural Action’s office in Mineral City at 330-859-1050.

Rural Action is a regional community-development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways. Learn more at www.ruralaction.org.

Appalachian Understories provides natural and cultural historic tourism in Appalachian Ohio, hiring local guides, historians and naturalists to create outdoor experiences for people. Visit www.appalachianunderstories.com/.