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

Examples of towpath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, many people ride bikes along the canal’s towpath. Eliza Mcgraw, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 The illustration credit for Aly Miller was incorrectly omitted from an Off Duty article Saturday about a towpath along the Potomac River. WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Outside, a steady stream of hikers clomped merrily past my table along the canal towpath. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2021 The 150-mile route picks up where the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath from Georgetown to Cumberland ends. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2020 Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s towpath and 125 miles of hiking trails are open, as are the restrooms. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 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, 25 Feb. 2020 Pedal along a towpath skirting the canal that made Chicago. Lori Rackl,, 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, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of towpath

1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Towpath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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