Warrior 150 Challenge Hike #2

Miami Erie Canal Towpath Hike #2

Join the Dayton Hikers and the Dayton VA Medical Center for Hike #1 of the Warrior 150 Challenge. This is a non-competitive hiking event; results are not being tracked and will not be posted. Hikers will need to sign-in at the start of the hike, in order to participate in the Warrior 150 Challenge. Please hike at your own risk.

DATE:     Saturday, April 22, 2017

START TIME:     7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Registration

Registration for hike is from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM. If you participated in Hike #1, please sign-in on sheets at registration table If this is your first Warrior Challenge hike, please see Registration for Hikes information for details. Please bring completed Registration Form with you to Hike. An experienced hike leader will start hike at 8:30AM.

*** Hike has been changed to Saturday only, due to necessity and to increase participation. Hike at your pace and at your level. Hike as much as you are able. Participants will be given full credit of total hike distance towards the Warrior 150 Challenge, no matter how many miles/kilometers one is able to complete in 1 day (due to change in event to a single day only).

DISTANCE:        Total distance: 25 Miles or 40.2 Kilometers

WHERE:             Along the Miami Erie Canal Towpath, from Spencerville to Minster.

START POINT DAY 1:                 Old Acadia Park, Spencerville

END POINT DAY 1:                      Minster Community Park

TOTAL DISTANCE DAY 1:         25 Miles or 40.2 Kilometers


Dirt and grass foot path along the historic Miami Erie Canal towpath. Passes the remains of locks and canal artifacts. Passes through Spencerville, St. Mary’s New Bremen and Minster. Hike is not entirely on paved path, especially between Spencerville and St. Mary’s. Participants are encouraged to hike as much or as little as they are able. FOLLOW THE BLUE BLAZES at all times. For more information please see: http://www.hiking.ohiotrail.com/


Hike Path Maps:

Please print and bring with you to each day of the hike. Maps have marked path, beginning and end points of each day, known restrooms, and water stations.  Warrior 150 Hike #2, Page 2 Warrior 150 Hike #2, Page 1

Hikers follow the blue blazes and keep the canal on your left.

Parking, Drop-off and Pick-up:

START:  Old Acadia Park, address is W. North St. Spencerville, OH 45887. When driving in Spencerville, pass the Veterans Memorial Park on your right. At next stop sign, take a right onto North St. Spencerville Self Storage is on left (red garage doors), first street past buildings on left is entrance to park. White sign on left “Village of Spencerville, Old Acadia Park, 140 W. North St.”  Cross over railroad tracks and parking on the left. Dayton VA van and Registration Table will be near the flag pole in front of the shelter.  https://www.bing.com/maps?&ty=18&q=Old%20Acadia%20Park%20Spencerville%20OH&ss=ypid.YN697x400062996&ppois=40.7142181396484_-84.3513793945313_Old%20Acadia%20Park_YN697x400062996~&cp=40.714218~-84.351379&v=2&sV=1

END:  Minster Community Park, address is W. 7th Street Minster, OH 45865 (directly behind the middle school). Participants will finish by crossing over footbridge into the park.   https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B024’08.9%22N+84%C2%B022’57.8%22W/@40.4029837,-84.3832099,174m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.402472!4d-84.382731?hl=en

*If you are interested in walking a shorter distance, St. Mary’s near Memorial Park, is a location to consider (about 15 miles total distance from start). No shuttle service available here, just an FYI if you want to pre-plan a shorter distance. http://www.cityofstmarys.net/departments/parks/memorial-park https://www.google.com/maps/place/199+S+Chestnut+St,+St+Marys,+OH+45885/@40.5427094,-84.3861943,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x883e53a8a6ba5e15:0xfb4d6d184b184361!8m2!3d40.543378!4d-84.3860671?hl=en-US

Water Station Locations: (located on maps)

Each water station will have water to refill water bottles and some bottled water. Please prepare accordingly for your water, snack and food needs.

Water station #1: Bloody Bridge (has an equally awful story to go with the name  http://www.scaryforkids.com/bloody-bridge/  ) located at about mile 9. Here is the link to the address:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bloody+Bridge/@40.61649,-84.348664,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x8b7a3b0989dbb73f!8m2!3d40.617811!4d-84.352797?hl=en-US (Corner of RT 182 and At RT 66).

Water station #2: Near Lock 2, north of New Breman.               https://www.google.com/maps/place/4399+Lock+2+Rd,+New+Bremen,+OH+45869/@40.4517563,-84.3710989,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x883fac66a93bc5e9:0x7ea7bceb2c8a4f68!8m2!3d40.4517662!4d-84.3691194?hl=en-US There is a parking lot down the street for the Kuenning –Dicke Natural Area that has a port-a-potty, this is about mile 21. 

Known restrooms are noted on map (RR). RR may be a park bathroom or port-a-potty.

Participants will be walking past/through the towns of Spencerville, St. Mary’s, New Breman and Minster where going into a local store or business may be possible for food/water/restrooms.

Transportation Resources:

Arranging transportation for each hike is up to each individual participant (there are no shuttles to return to start location). Other local transportation services may be available. Carpooling and buddy system are encouraged! Check out Dayton Hikers for possible carpool options: https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/

Transportation shuttle option from Minster to Spencerville (MUST BE PRE-ARRANGED), please use this link: https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/events/239027872/

Miami and Erie Canal Towpath Trail Information

The hike along the Towpath has a great deal of historical significance. Please see the below links to find out more what is along the Towpath and what participants will pass as they hike.


Historic Towpath information: http://www.hiking.ohiotrail.com/

Map with notations of historical points along the trail: http://www.hiking.ohiotrail.com/maps/printable-map.htm

Veterans Memorial Park, Spencerville: http://spencervilleoh.com/vmp.html