Ohio Hiking Trails: Miami and Erie Canal

The Ohio Trails Act formed this 40 mile hiking section of the Miami and Erie Canal Towpath Hiking Trails. Various forms of Ohio canal history such as canal locks, aqueducts, and a canal boat add to this section of the Ohio Buckeye Hiking Trails, which parallels State Route 66 from Delphos, Ohio, to Fort Loramie. The “Ohio Byway” road signs reference this area as having Miami and Erie Canal attractions.

Take a walk back into Ohio Canal history and view one of region’s first engineering wonders with this Web site which contains 40 pages of attractions with over 80 photographs and maps.

Hiking distances for Miami and Erie Canal trails

  • Delphos to Spencerville, Ohio: 10 miles
  • Spencerville to St. Marys, Ohio: 14 miles
  • St. Mary’s to New Bremen, Ohio: 9 miles
  • New Breman to Minster, Ohio: 4 miles
  • Minster to Ft. Loramie, Ohio: 3 miles

When driving this Ohio Byway, consider alternatives to State Route 66 such as the Delphos Southworth Road and portions of route 66A. Saint Marys, Ohio, also has number of options to the Miami and Erie Canal hiking trails, including a canal boat on display. Lake Loramie State Park and Grand Lake St. Marys State Park each have a campground. Saint Marys has two motels.