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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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 Taylors Landing and the Brunswick Boat Ramp were shut down on Friday, and the towpath bridge washed out over Culvert 82 near Brunswick. — Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Man sentenced for killing housemates," 19 May 2018 Above-freezing temperatures kept much snow from sticking until midafternoon; a morning 12-kilometer run along the C & O Canal towpath in Georgetown went on unencumbered. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "For the first time in four years, D.C. gets December snow," 9 Dec. 2017 There's a paved trail with descriptive historical markers along the former towpath for the Illinois & Michigan Canal, which was completed in 1848 and led to Chicago's growth as a great city for commerce. Ted Slowik,, "Lockport and Lemont: Museums, trails showcase history," 14 June 2017

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of towpath

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

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