tow·​path | \ ˈtō-ˌpath How to pronounce towpath (audio) , -ˌpäth \

Definition of towpath

: a path (as along a canal) traveled especially by draft animals towing boats

called also towing path

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Recent Examples on the Web Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s towpath and 125 miles of hiking trails are open, as are the restrooms. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "17 things to do in Cleveland while staying socially isolated," 26 Mar. 2020 Two weeks after the release of the Warren Commission report in 1964, she was gunned down while taking a walk on a towpath, her murder never solved. Michael Callahan, New York Times, "A Real-Life J.F.K. Lover, Murdered in 1964, Stars in Two New Novels," 25 Feb. 2020 Pedal along a towpath skirting the canal that made Chicago. Lori Rackl,, "Best fall bike rides in the Midwest: 3 epic trips for adventurous leaf peepers," 30 Sep. 2019 The man got stuck out of view in a wooded area near the Brookmont Dam, about 50 yards from the C&O Canal towpath, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the county fire and rescue service. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Dogs get help for man stuck in mud in Montgomery, rescuers say," 22 July 2019 The towpath connects with forest trails for mountain biking and hiking. Sara Tucker, WSJ, "European Barge Cruises That Are Anything But Boring," 6 Sep. 2018 At midday Tuesday, hundreds of cars were lined up on nearby neighborhood roads and streets as people walked into the park, many taking advantage of the canal towpath, which remains unblocked. John Waters, The Seattle Times, "In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised," 2 Jan. 2019 Roadside parking is available, but the park is adjacent to the C&O Canal towpath, so biking from the District is a good option for a nice day. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Giant, yellow sunflowers are in peak bloom in the Washington region," 11 July 2018 Bikes are strapped to the roof of the 250-ton Pivoine’s cabin; two of us jog along the old towpaths (barges used to be pulled by horses—and humans) to work off the grandes bouffes. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "A Luxurious Barge Cruise Is the Best Way to See France," 9 Aug. 2018

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Towpath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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old-fashioned : a path along a river or canal used by people or horses for towing boats

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