A two-story tollhouse, built in the early s, lies on the east side of the bridge and contains a small historical museum. Nearby, you can also explore Minisink Battleground Park, which has walking trails and picnic areas in a historical site of the Revolutionary War. There will be signs and a parking lot, easily visible. TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy a non-profit and we need your support!
X hide menu. X hide map. Please support our advertisers - they help make this website possible. The trail is in Maryland, following the state line just across the river from Viginia and West Virginia. This trail crosses the eastern continental divide. Photo: Mark Pankin.
A towpath is a road or trail on the bank of a river , canal , or other inland waterway. The purpose of a towpath is to allow a land vehicle , beasts of burden, or a team of human pullers to tow a boat , often a barge. This mode of transport was common where sailing was impractical due to tunnels and bridges, unfavourable winds , or the narrowness of the channel. After the Industrial Revolution , towing became obsolete when engines were fitted on boats and when railway transportation superseded the slow towing method. Since then, many of these towpaths have been converted to multi-use trails.
The The canal was built between and , and it operated sporadically between floods until Douglas organized an eight day hike up the canal's towpath in an effort to save it from being converted to a parkway. His efforts succeeded, and in the canal became a National Historic Park. Today, much of the canal has been drained of water and reclaimed by the forest.