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    Stern of St. Helena III
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  • Canal Towpath Trail

    by CoAir13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This multi-prpose trail was developed by the National Park Service. It follows a 20 mile stretch of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal....follow the same path the mules followed while pulling passengers and cargo through the canal. There are many "treasures" along the trail..make sure you stop and see a few of them!

    There are trailheads the entire length. Printable maps are available through the website below.

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    Residential Homes in Canal Fulton

    by atufft Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Canal Fulton has plenty of beautiful old homes that have been restored. When I paused to talk to a retired couple, I was pointed out a home with wood siding that was actually a overly restored log cabin. Mostly though, the homes are late 19th century structures. Some have slate roofs. Some streets are paved in red brick.

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    Mansion Turned Law Office Gets Painted

    by atufft Written Aug 6, 2008

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    I stopped to observe a painter detailing an old home right on Main street. We talked for awhile, and he showed me how the foundation and entry way were supported by quarried stone, rather than concrete.

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    Canal Fulton Downtown: Part I

    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    The main street of town has many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. At the time of my visit, young people were painting old lamp posts and other iron work downtown. Most of these buildings date back to the period when Canal Fulton exported coal for industrial use.

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    McLaughline Dry Dock

    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    The remnants of a dry dock--the place were boats could be repaired--also exists along the canal. The McLaughlin Dry Dock was actually the place were St. Helena III was built before being put into service. In this case, the dry dock is a covered one that allows work on the boat in any weather.

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    Lock 4

    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    Between 1825 and 1847 some 1000 miles of canals had been dug and maintained within Ohio spurring great immigration into the young state. The canal locks at that time were built of stone, and the gates were wood. Today, Lock 4, which is part of a small regional park also known by this name, provides visitors a way to see how the canal system works. The supply of water feeding the canal system comes from a now private lake in the hills above Canal Fulton. The lock provided a way for the boat to change elevations, up or down, as it boat entered the lock as it filled with water. Nearby is a house where the lock keeper resided to maintain the lock operation.

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    Ohio & Erie Towpath

    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    The towpath was the levee along which the horses or mules walked as they hauled the canal barge. Today, the towpath has been partially restored into a bicycle and hiking path that is some twenty miles long. While the towpath is unpaved roadbase, I had no trouble cycling on it with my road bike. A good place to start is at the Canal Fulton museum.

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    Restoration of Canal Boat Near Museum

    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    On shore, the St. Helena II is undergoing restoration work. This was the first replica canal boat to be built. It's open to the public to climb in and around anytime. The restoration work is being conducted by volunteers.

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    Visit the St. Helena III and Canal Fulton Museum

    by atufft Written Aug 5, 2008

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    Near the bridge on Cherry Street, there's a museum, a boat under restoration on dry land, and the St. Helena III waiting in the water. This is authentic history and one has to take a few moments to examine this replica of an old canal boat built in 1989. This boat is one of only 4 still in service along the Ohio-Erie Canal. It's capable of carrying 60 passengers and but the best experience would be one of the dinner cruises on the canal. Unfortunately, when I visited the museum was closed and the boat covered by a protective tarp, but it's still worth walking around. Try the link below for scheduling and reservations for the boat ride.

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  • Canalway Center

    by CoAir13 Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    Before you do anything in Canal Fulton, stop into the visitor center. Not only can you get all the information you'll need for your visit, but there are discounts on activities and restaurants in the area. The knowledgeable staff can answer any question you may have.

    If you are biking the trail, this is a good place to stop and use the facilities. It's a brand new building and the toilets are SUPER clean!

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  • Canoe the Tuscarawas

    by CoAir13 Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    The Canal Fulton Canoe Livery is the only one in the area that charges per canoe, not per person! They also have kayaks and bicycles for rent. Trips range from 6 miles to 2 day camping/paddling excursions. The most popular trip is the 6 mile canoe/6 mile bike trip along the Towpath Trail.

    The staff here is very courteous and helpful....I wouldn't go anywhere else on the Tuscarawas River! Check website for discounts!

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  • Cruise the Canal

    by CoAir13 Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    The Helena III is a replica of an original canal boat that is on display in Community park. Enjoy a scenic trip down the Ohio Erie Canal in a horse drawn canal boat.

    Evening dinner cruises also available.
    Call for reservations and departure times.

    4 and under - FREE
    5-12 - $4.50
    Adults - $6.50
    Seniors - $5.50

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  • Heritage House and Canal Days Museum

    by CoAir13 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    At the entrance to Community Park, this museum houses canal-era memorabilia including tools used to build and repair canal boats. There are also displays depicting the colorful history of the area.

    12:30-4:30 pm, daily.

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    More Residential Homes in Canal Fulton

    by atufft Written Aug 6, 2008

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    I had barely enough time to walk around the core of Canal Fulton, particularly on the east side. There are plenty of find old homes to appreciate. At least one that I saw was turned into a B&B.

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    Canal Fulton Downtown: More Commercial Buildings

    by atufft Written Aug 6, 2008

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    The old commercial main street where trucks may route is asphalt but many side streets in Canal Fulton are paved in red brick.

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