Tour de Parks: End of Lock 39 Journey

After visiting Lock 39, I walked further south to a bridge at Stoney Road. I told myself it was not that far. Besides, I was feeling very energetic. Then I got to Stoney Road and I realized I walked too far. So I sat on a rock facing north with a small bag of dog doo-doo resting on the rock’s south side. .

Here are pictures from the Stoney Road Bridge (which was closed off for repairs).

Stoney Road Bridge



The Canal Flows Southward
Facing North Back Towards Lock 39

Then I started the long journey back to the Lock 39 Trailhead. I kept reciting Philippians 4:39

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The other verse I said was 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not quench the spirit.

Periodically I would ask God to refresh my spirit so that it would not be quenched.  It was in the upper 80’s on Saturday. But periodically God sent breezes to keep me cool and comfortable.

I arrived at Lock 39 and decided to sit by the mile 11 sign marker and enjoy being in the moment and taking in a piece of history.

Mile 11 Sign Next To Lock 39

I looked north along the towpath trail…


and looked south along the towpath trail.


I thought about all the people who walked the trail guiding the mules that pulled the boats up and down the canal.

I decided to get up and head north when my eye caught sight of something. It was then my spirit got a big dose of refreshment, because suddenly I was not alone.


Mr. Heron was back. I stayed about 15 more minutes photographing him. The best shot is showcased over at OgleOhio, my photography blog. It was so quiet I am sure he heard me shooting pictures. He was very cooperative.

Mr. Heron was there all along, I just did not see him. God is the same way – there all along and then suddenly something happens and we see Him.

I left Mr.Heron to his fishing expedition and headed back to the Trailhead. No one was sitting on the bench so I sat down and took off my sandals to get the pebbles out of them. I felt tired but energetic, happy to have seized the opportunity to walk the canal but sad to leave the peace and quiet of a by-gone era behind.

Our journey has come to an end. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed walking the Ohio & Erie Canal through pictures. 




Welcome To The Lock! Ohio & Erie Canal’s Lock 39 (Part 2)

Welcome to the Lock!

These pictures are some of the over 200 pictures I took on my 1-mile round trip last Saturday. Who knows how many boat this glorious lock raised and lowered during her career. If this lock could talk, I am sure she would tell some interesting stories. Her original sandstones are now covered or replaced with concrete as a result of a 1995 preservation project.

A little farther south is a Waste Weir where excess water from the canal was drained into the Cuyahoga river.

Stop by tomorrow as we cross the finish line and step back into the 21st Century.

Lock 39 - Ohio & Erie Canal
Lock 39 – Ohio & Erie Canal

Tour de Parks: Lock 39 – Ohio & Erie Canal (Part 1)

I planned something else for this week’s Tour de Parks but I went to the G.R.I.N. membership meeting on Saturday in Independence, Ohio and Lock 39 was close, so I changed plans and I’m glad I did.

The Ohio & Erie Canal (link to Wikipeida article about the canal – including a picture from Lock 39) stretches from Cleveland, Oh to New Philadelphia, Oh.  

I walked a 1/2-mile stretch of the towpath trail from the Lock 39 Trailhead to Stoney Road and back to the Trailhead. It was a trip back to another era where mules pulled packet boats (60 – 80 feet long and over 14 feet wide) along the canal, but reminders of the modern world were all around. So join me on a trip down the towpath.


C’mon, let’s step through the entrance and journey back in time.

lock 39 entrance
How a picture of the entrance to Lock 39 Trailhead – Ohio & Erie Canal might have looked in its golden days.
The entrance in full, living color.



First Stop

Our first stop is the information booth on your right.

The Ohio & Erie Canal
The Ohio & Erie Canal


Basic Facts:

Opened in 1827 connecting Cleveland to Akron

Completed in 1832 and connected Cleveland to Portsmouth, OH (308 miles) which linked the Ohio River to Lake Erie.



Now that you’ve read a brief history of the canal, it is time to set off on our journey. One foot in front of the other as we head south on the canal’s towpath trail. Don’t worry, I am not going to make you walk the 1 3/4 miles to the Canal Exploration Center – at least not today.       😉







And we’re walkin…

Heading South
Heading South

While it is in the 80’s, there is a lovely breeze to keep us cool.


The Resident of Lock 39
The Resident of Lock 39



Lock 39 is in sight.  Come back tomorrow as we get an up close and personal look at the lock.