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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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....more
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.more
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...more
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....more
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...more
306 South Canal Street, Canal Fulton, Ohio, 44614, United States
Good for: Couples
This little place offers a GIGANTIC soft serve ice cream cone! The perfect place to grab a bite after canoeing! They offer subs, hot dogs, pulled pork, gyros, soups, salads, hand dipped and soft serve ice cream. Eat in or take out.Open daily 7:00 am - 9:30 pm(in the photo, my cone is a MEDIUM...and I had already started eating it!)more
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This shop specializes in bears, but also sells cats, dogs, bunnies, and other plush animals. I have never really been into a teddy bear shop, so I can honestly say I've never seen so many stuffed bears under one roof!
Mail order and layaway available!
Cycling is very popular here. I saw men and women with very nice gear preferring to pedal along the rural roads rather than the dusty Canal Fulton towpath, but in any case, the area is very bicycle friendly. The hills aren't too steep and the traffic light. I pedaled around a bit, but these folks were really serious senior citizen lady cyclists :-)more
Canal Fulton has a place that rents canoes and bicycles, and it also has a small minature golf course. The Canal Fulton Canoe Livery is located near the Tuscarawas River Bridge on Cherry Street. The canoe and life jackets are very reasonable in price, and the at the end of the trip, the livery brings the canoe and paddlers back. The trip along the...more
Favorite thing: The preservation of many buildings in this historic village is impressive. Over 100 homes, buildings, and sites are listed on the National Historic Register in Washington, D.C. The Canal Fulton Heritage Society owns and operates a variety of facilities and you can tell great pride is taken in preserving the history of the area.