The dedication of the Towpath Trail celebrates the connection of more than 50 miles of trails in Fort Wayne and Allen County, and it’s a special route for another reason: It follows the old Wabash & Erie Canal route taken by early settlers and flat boats pulled by mules as America grew westward.
The dedication ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 29 will be at the Trailhead gazebo on Engle Road at Eagle Marsh, just south of West Jefferson Boulevard.
The new trail connects the planned 50-mile Aboite Trails system on the west side of Fort Wayne, which still has several miles under construction, and the 26-mile Rivergreenway, which lines the St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee rivers through town and connects to New Haven on Fort Wayne’s east side. The Towpath Trail also connects trail users to Eagle Marsh, a 676-acre restored wetland area along Engle Road owned and managed by Little River Wetlands Project.
The Towpath Trail meanders south of Covington Road and Taylor Street, dipping into open land south of the Fort Wayne Country Club. It features mostly flat terrain with excellent views of Eagle Marsh, where trail users may, in fact, see bald eagles, herons, waterfowl and other natural wonders and hear the frogs that Little River Wetlands Project uses as its logo.