Towpath Trail

The trail, which is is part of the Buckeye Trail (marked with blue blazes), follows the remains of the Miami and Erie Canal along the old tow path where mules towed flat-blottom boats along the waterway.
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You can relive the canal experience in the 21st century.

Canal boats once carried goods and people 249 miles between Toledo and Cincinnati, linking Lake Erie and the Ohio River. At Providence, you can get a sense of what canal travel was like during a trip aboard an authentic, mule-drawn canal boat on an original section of the Miami and Erie Canal. As of April 17, 2020 the Canal Experience has been closed for the 2020 season. The Canal Expereince will re-open May 2021.

The Providence Dam, just upriver from another attraction, the Isaac Ludwig Mill, was originally constructed to keep the canal filled with water. The canal boat and mill are open May through October.

Plenty to see and do.

Attractions and features include the canal experience complete with the authentic canal boat and historic mill, fishing, an aerial view of Providence Dam, indoor and picnic shelter rentals, a playground and historic WPA buildings and bridges.

Together, Providence, Bendview, Farnsworth and canal lands total 465 acres.

The Canal Experience

Step back in Time at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876.
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Providence Features and Rentals

Unique settings on the mighty Maumee.
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