In 1989, a group of individuals representative of various organizations and municipalities along the Ohio and Erie Canal came together to form the Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor Coalition.
The mission of the Coalition is to stimulate public interest and support for the protection, preservation, development and enhancement of the historical, natural and recreational resources along the route of the Ohio and Erie Canal.
With that in mind, the Coalition set about to secure funding for the development of hike and bike trails along various sites of this historic transportation system.
On October 16, 2002, the Franklin Trailhead, located on Center Road, was dedicated. The Towpath Trail is under the authority of the Summit County MetroParks. Additional information for the MetroParks can be found by visiting the Summit Metro Parks website.