A Scenic Link Between Canal Parks Trails and the Expansive Pickaway Trail
The Pickaway County Park District is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the long-awaited Ohio-Erie Canal pedestrian bridge. This vital bridge now seamlessly connects Canal Park’s Trails to a mile and a half of the paved Pickaway Trail, and offers visitors breathtaking scenic views of the historic Ohio-Erie Canal.
The genesis of this project dates back to 2019 when the Park District applied for an ODNR Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant. After a temporary delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the District was awarded a generous grant of $303,402 in the spring of 2021. The District used this grant along with levy funds to complete this $516,379 project. This financial support has been instrumental in bringing this remarkable trail connection to fruition.
This newly established connection is just one piece of the Park District’s ambitious vision. It plays a pivotal role in their broader plan to create an accessible and seamless trail network for users. The ultimate goal is to provide trail enthusiasts with a continuous path from the Canal Road – Pickaway Trail parking lot, all the way to the eastern and western extents of the trail. This eastern extent will eventually link up with the City of Circleville, facilitated by a second bridge over the picturesque Scioto River and the western to thre county line in the Village of New Holland.
The Ohio-Erie Canal pedestrian bridge represents not only a triumph in trail connectivity but also a celebration of the area’s rich history and natural beauty. Visitors can now immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance of the Ohio-Erie Canal while enjoying the convenience of a well-maintained trail. Whether you’re a local resident or an out-of-town explorer, this new bridge promises to be a must-visit destination for all who appreciate the wonders of outdoor recreation and the charm of historic waterways.
The Pickaway County Park District welcomes one and all to come and experience the splendor of the Ohio-Erie Canal pedestrian bridge. It’s not just a bridge; it’s a gateway to adventure and a connection to the natural treasures of Pickaway County. Come and take a walk, jog, or bike ride and savor the beauty that this bridge has to offer, and be part of a vibrant trail community that continues to grow.