ST. MARYS — Autumn is a great time to enjoy nature, and Sunday’s Walk with Nature and Fall Festival is a wonderful opportunity to get outside and have fun with the family.
“Basically it’s a nature hike, and you’re walking the Towpath Trail, starting at Memorial Park in St. Marys,” David Faler, canal land manager for Grand Lake State Park, said.
Starting at noon on Sunday, the Fall Festival in Memorial Park will also feature a car show, live music, craft vendors and a farmers market. Walkers will also have the option of walking 3.5 or 5 miles up the canal, enjoying nature while learning more about the area’s history.
“There are a lot of historical canals to see along the way,” Faler said. “When you start at Memorial Park in St. Marys, you’ll walk past the canal boat that the city has built. You walk further down the Tow Path, you’ll see Lock 13, which has been completely rehabbed. You keep walking and you’ll start getting into the wider sections of the canals all the way to Glynwood Road. It’s not uncommon to see squirrels, rabbits, deer and all types of water fowl, and even occasionally a bald eagle.”
As part of the Girty Town Rendezvous, running today through Sunday, the Fall Festival offers something for everyone.
“It’s a great, free family event,” Faler said.