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Delphos Section, Fort Jennings Bicentennial Monument Celebration
Sam Bonifas

Supervisor: Sam Bonifas

46.5 Total Miles / 22.7 Off Road Miles (48.8%)
Map Publication Date: September 2016

The Buckeye Trail starts this section on the towpath of the Miami-Erie Canal, between the old canal and CR-66A. Shortly, you will pass through Deep Cut Park, a 6,600 foot long, 50 foot deep cut made entirely by hand. Laborers were paid 30 cents per day plus a jigger of whiskey. The trail continues on the towpath through the town of Spencerville and on to Delphos. Beyond Delphos, the trail generally follows the route of the canal through the Auglaize River valley. Much of the northern half of the section follows county and township roads, ending in the town of Junction.

On Sept. 21, 1812, Col. William Jennings, with his regiment of Kentucky riflemen, was ordered by Gen. W. H. Harrison to cut a road from Fort Barbee at St. Marys to a point midway between that place and Defiance, and there establish a fort. The post was completed on this site in October, 1812, and named in honor of its builder.

The road begun by Col. Jennings was later extended to Fort Winchester (Defiance, OH) by Col. Poague, builder of Fort Amanda. The Auglaize River Valley then became a major supply artery for Harrison's army, operating to the Northwest. By boat and wagon in the summer and by sled in winter, troops and large quantities of army stores were moved through here to the scenes of the major actions.

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Trail Alerts

  • (8/4/17) Delphos Map Edition of September 2016
    While hiking the trail about half way between Points 18 and 19 just north of Road 60, the trail crosses a couple of culverts that Paulding County has provided and installed. A recent extreme storm this summer washed away much of the fill that covered these twin culverts. Sam Bonifas, Section Supervisor of Delphos Section provided an image that will show what you will see now. However, you may need to hurry because Bonifas figures that another storm like the first will leave both culverts completely exposed. The trail itself can still be followed as long as you exhibit care crossing the culverts. However, if you prefer, you can go west on Road 60 for 100’ and then follow Road 215 northwest to Point 19, the Intersection of Road 215 and Road 72. Although Road 215 does not show on your Delphos Map, it is there – really.

Map Updates

  • (10/20/16) A revised map of the Delphos Section has now been published.
  • (8/22/16) A revised map of the Delphos Section will issue in September 2016. The material below provides information from which you can update your earlier editions of December 2008 and April 2014.
    The most exciting new information is that the number of available camping locations within this section has increased from none in 2008, two in 2014, to five in the newest edition. See “Camping Along the Trail” at the bottom of this map change. Only the early paragraphs have changed. The last paragraph contains nothing new and has been omitted here.
    The Edition of 2008 announced that the Buckeye Trail Crew completed a relocation of the trail through the Ottoville Quarry Wilderness Area north of Ottoville. This relocation reduced the overall length of the Delphos Section by 0.3 miles and added 0.8 mi of trail off road. The Edition of September 2016 includes both losses and gains of off-road trail. The distance of trail off road is now 22.6 miles which is a slight loss in absolute miles off road since 2014. However, since the total distance in the section has increased to 46.5 miles, the fraction of trail off road has decreased to 48.5%.
    Most of the number and placement of the section points have remained the same. However, Point 22 was moved east to Charloe since the desired trail route across Blue Creek along the towpath will not be achieved in the near future. New accumulative distances are given below, along with the point numbers and enough of the name of the location to identify the point. In addition, Where the text in the new edition is significantly different from either earlier edition, it too has been entered. Note: some time ago because of complaints, we began to use miles in the text to express distance between points of interest except for distances less than 0.1 mile. Since this difference is rather trivial, the new text is shown below only when the former text is incorrect.
    CW CCW Pt Description
    0.0
    46.5
    1 Methodist Church on SR 197 in Kossuth
    2.1
    44.4
    2 Towpath at Deep Cut Rd (C226)
    3.4
    43.1
    3 MEST at Kolter Rd (C35)
    Note that the grocery in downtown Spencerville that was described in the Edition of 2008 is closed.
    4.5
    42.0
    4 Towpath at North St in Spencerville
    6.2
    40.3
    5 Towpath at SR 81 (Allentown Rd)
    8.1
    38.0
    6 MEST at Zion Church Rd (T27) in Southworth
    13.3
    32.2
    7 MEST at Cleveland St in Delphos
    14.8
    31.7
    8 Towpath at Pohlman Rd
    15.6
    30.9
    9 Road U20 at SR 190
    17.6
    28.9
    10 Road U20 at Road 23T
    19.8
    26.7
    11 Road 23T at SR 190
    20.6
    25.9
    12 N Water St (SR 189/SR 190) at Fourth St
    23.0
    23.5
    13 Road R23 at Road 24Q
    24.6
    N
    21.5
    E
    14 Third St (SR 189) at W Canal St (US 224) in Ottoville
    Facilities:(MM, P, PO: 45876, R, W)
    Go N on W Canal St. After 2 blocks at Main St, US 224 turns E. Keep N past end of W Canal St (300') to pond. Follow trail around W edge of said pond past trail (300') that leads to a small parking area off Church St near the Little Auglaize R. After 250’, turn N onto the towpath of the Miami and Erie Canal. Leave the towpath only briefly to join a service road on levee where a channelization project along the river has impinged on former canal.
    25.7
    N
    20.4
    S
    15 Miami and Erie Towpath at Rd P and Rd 25M
    Head N on Road 25M, which is a hair W of the canal towpath, past Road O25 (0.5 mi, exits W), past Road O (0.5 mi, exits E), past Road N24 (0.5 mi, exits E), and across Road N (0.5 mi).
    28.7
    N
    17.4
    S
    16 Road 25M at Road M
    In both earlier editions near the end of this description, the names for Road 203 and Road 1010 are switched. In addition, Road 32 is mentioned but is no longer easily seen. Replace with the following text: The Putnam/Paulding Cty Line crosses this intersection. The roads that comprise the intersection are identified differently in each county. On its S side, signs identify Road 25M at Road M (Putnam Cty) and on its N side, as Road 203 at Road 12 (Paulding Cty). Continue N on Road 203, the continuation of Road 25M, past Road 266 (0.5 mi, exits E), past Road 18 (0.4 mi, exits NE) and past Road 1010 (1.1 mi, exits W). Head NE on Road 203 that parallels the over-grown canal prism. After 0.24 mi, jog W on SR 114.
    31.0
    15.5
    17 SR 114 at SR 66 in Mandale (No Services)
    32.5
    14.0
    18 Road 48 at Miami and Erie Canal Heel path
    No Parking In this narrow, wooded strip of land is the Miami and Erie Canal. Because of a land dispute, BTA has lost access to a trail that the Buckeye Trail Crew built on the heelpath. Hopefully, the loss is only temporary. Continue W on Road 48 past Road 199 (40', exits SE). At the next intersection, turn N on Road 197. After 0.9 mi at a wooded strip, reach remnants of canal. Hipp's Timberville Lock 31 (C) is located 0.17 mi SE on side trail on heelpath. Turn NW onto former heelpath and soon cross Road 60 (350'). ). Continue N across a bridge (150') and enter narrow piece of woods. By now, you will see easily that you are following the prism through woods and field.
    35.3
    11.2
    19 Miami and Erie Canal Towpath at Road 72
    35.9
    N
    10.6
    SE
    20 Miami and Erie Canal Towpath at Road 187
    Turn N onto Road 187, crossing the filled canal prism to the heelpath of canal (100’). Turn NW onto footpath. After 0.5 mi, reach Road 82. Follow Road 82 E. After 0.24 mi, enter an extended intersection with Road 187 that comes from the S. After 100' as Road 82 continues E, turn N onto Road 187. Continue N across SR 613 (1.0 mi) across RR. At the end of Road 187 (1.1 mi), go W on Road 171.
    39.6
    6.9
    21 Site of Fort Brown (P)
    Delete the last 2 sentences from the text because Point 22 has been moved to Charloe.
    41.5
    W
    5
    S
    22 Road 171 at Road 138 in Charloe
    Facilities: City Park, MM, PS, W. As Road 171 continues N, turn W onto Road 138. After 0.5 mi, exit Road 138. Turn N onto Road 163. The broad low area just E of the road in agricultural fields are the remains of the Miami and Erie Canal. After 0.7 mi near a wood’s edge, exit Road 163 E to towpath (100') and turn N. After 0.3 mi, leave woods. Follow W edge of tilled fields N across Road 146 (0.35 mi) and beyond. After 0.3 mi, leave edge of tilled field briefly for woods at Viall's Lock 32 (C). At end of tilled fields (0.45 mi), cross fence on stile. Continue to follow towpath generally N in both open and wooded pasture with fences and stiles. Cross Road 156 near its intersection with Road 163. Continue N through field and across driveway past shed into woods where the towpath is followed easily. Near creek, descend NW across canal prism to Road 163. Across Flat Rock Creek, leave Road 163 and ascend NE to towpath. Continue N in woods for 0.24 mi. Exit woods and continue N on W edge of tilled field across Road 170 (350') and beyond. After 0.7 mi, enter woods on towpath that continues N past a canal mile marker (200'). After 300’, cross canal prism NW on boardwalk.
    46.0
    N
    0.5
    SE
    23 Intersection of Road 163 and Road 1023
    Join Road 163 heading N. Immediately N of Little Flat Rock Creek (0.2 mi), exit Road 163 E onto footpath that will climb beside the beautiful arched stone culvert that conducts the creek beneath the canal prism.
    At the prism, follow heelpath briefly before crossing to the towpath and turning N. After 0.3 mi, jog W on Road 111 across the filled canal prism. Head N on the heelpath to a display (450') with parking that memorializes the junction of the Miami & Erie and the Wabash & Erie Canals. The two remain joined from here NE to their final junction with the Maumee R near Toledo. This memorial is just a few feet S of SR 111.
    46.5
    0.0
    24 SR 111 at Road 111 and Road 153 in Junction

    CAMPING ALONG THE TRAIL

    The location of all camping facilities, known to BTA, that are within reasonable walking distance of the trail, are shown on the Section Map and listed below. The campsites listed under 2, 3, 4 and 5 are not serviced. Please carry out all trash, including any that you may find there, from these 4 sites.
    1. No-trace camping is permitted in the park just N of North St near Pt 4 with permission. Call the Spencerville Police, 419-647-4141.
    2. A shelter is located near the site of Lock 18 which is 0.35 mi N of Pt 6. Installed by Buckeye Trail Crew during 2015, the shelter can be seen 136' NE across prism.
    3. A primitive campsite with no facilities is located just north of Pt 8 where the towpath ends at Jennings Creek.
    4. A primitive campsite with no facilities is available at Hipp’s Lock which is located off the trail between Pt 18 and Pt 19. The site can only be reached from Road 197. See Pt 18 text.
    5. A primitive campsite with no facilities is available at Viall’s Lock which is located between Pt 22 and Pt 23 off Road 163 in Paulding County.
  • (10/14/14) The Buckeye Trail Crew completed a relocation of the trail through the Ottoville Quarry Wilderness Area north of Ottoville. This relocation reduced the overall length of the Delphos Section by 0.3 miles to 46.1 miles. It also increased the length of the trail off road to 22.7 mi or 49.3% of the total. The new trail is described in the description connected to Point 14.
    The most recent Delphos Section Map was issued in April 2014. That edition succeeds the earlier Edition of 2008 which will be supported for a few more years in respect to those who bought the last copies of the older edition. Additional information below updates the Delphos Edition of 2008.
    New accumulative distances are given below, along with the point numbers and enough of the name of the location to identify the point.
    Because of the importance of groceries to our through hikers, note under Pt 3 that the grocery in downtown Spencerville has closed and also under Pt 14 that the grocery in downtown Ottoville has also closed. A mini-market does remain in Ottoville.
    CW CCW Pt Description
    0.0
    46.1
    1 Methodist Church on SR 197 in Kossuth
    2.1
    44.4
    2 Towpath at Deep Cut Rd (C226)
    3.4
    42.7
    3 MEST at Kolter Rd (C35)
    Note that the grocery in downtown Spencerville that was described in the Edition of 2008 is closed.
    4.5
    41.5
    4 Towpath at North St in Spencerville
    6.1
    40.0
    5 Towpath at SR 81 (Allentown Rd)
    8.1
    38.0
    6 MEST at Zion Church Rd (T27) in Southworth
    13.3
    32.8
    7 MEST at Cleveland St in Delphos
    14.8
    31.3
    8 Towpath at Pohlman Rd
    15.5
    30.6
    9 Road U20 at SR 190
    17.5
    28.6
    10 Road U20 at Road 23T
    19.7
    26.4
    11 Road 23T at SR 190
    20.5
    25.6
    12 N Water St (SR 189/SR 190) at Fourth St
    22.9
    23.2
    13 Road R23 at Road 24Q
    24.6
    N
    21.5
    E
    14 Third St (SR 189) at W Canal St (US 224) in Ottoville (MM, P, PO: 45876, R, W)
    Go N on W Canal St. After 2 blocks at Main St, US 224 turns E. Keep N to end of W Canal St (300') to pond. Follow trail around W edge of pond past trail (300') that leads to parking area off Church St on banks of Little Auglaize R. At N edge of pond, follow trail E to towpath of Miami and Erie Canal (250'). Go N leaving the towpath briefly where join service road on levee where channelization project has impinged on former canal.
    24.6
    N
    21.5
    E
    15 Miami and Erie Towpath at Rd P and Rd 25M
    Head N on Road 25M which lies either on or a little W of the canal towpath. Following this first sentence, earlier texts are correct.
    28.7
    17.4
    16 Road 25M at Road M
    In the Edition of 2008 near the end of this description, which is near Mandale, both Road 203 and Road 1010 are misidentified.
    Delete: “and past Road 32 (1500', exits W). In 3400’ as 203 (paved) turns sharply W, BT continues NW on 1010 (dirt) parallel to over-grown canal remnants. In 1300', BT jogs W on SR-114.”
    The corrected text should read: “, past Road 32 (1500’, exits W) and past Road 1010 (3400’, exits W). Road 203 parallels the over-grown canal prism. After 1300’, jog W on SR 114.” The Edition of April 2014 is correct.
    30.9
    15.2
    17 SR 114 at SR 66 in Mandale (No Services)
    32.4
    13.7
    18 Road 48 at Miami and Erie Canal Heel path
    The Edition of 2008 reads correctly as far N as Road 60. To correct, replace the last sentence with: “At Road 60, continue N across the culverted drainage ditch and enter an early succession stand of trees. Continue north on the heelpath of the former canal through woods and fields. Road 215 was built on the towpath of the canal and is nearly always visible across the canal prism. “
    34.8
    11.3
    19 Miami and Erie Canal Towpath at Road 72
    35.5
    10.6
    20 Miami and Erie Canal Towpath at Road 187
    39.2
    6.9
    21 Site of Fort Brown (P)
    41.6
    N
    4.5
    E
    22 Road 138 at Road 163
    Road 138 continues W. Turn N onto Road 163. The broad low area just E of the road in agricultural fields is all that remains from the Miami and Erie Canal. Although the trail should be on the towpath, at this writing the fields are tilled up to the edge of the road. After 0.7 mi, head NE away from Road 163 across fallow field to edge of woods.
    After about 120', you will join the towpath heading N. After 0.2 mi just after crossing a driveway, leave woods to follow the W edge of tilled fields N across Road 146 (0.4 mi). After 0.3 mi, pass Viall's Lock 32 where a primitive dry campsite is available. At end of the tilled fields (0.45 mi), cross fence on stile. Continue to follow towpath generally N in both open and wooded pasture to Road 156 very near its intersection with Road 163.
    Continue N across Road 156 and then along W side of tilled field 40’ E of Road 163. At driveway near barn, jog W to Road 163. Follow Road 163 N across Flat Rock Creek (0.2 mi). Leave Road 163 and ascend NE to towpath. Continue N in woods. Exit woods (0.24 mi). Continue N on W edge of tilled field across Road 170 (350'). After 0.7 mi, enter woods on towpath that continues N along Road 163 past a canal mile marker (200’). After another 300’, cross canal prism on boardwalk to Pt 23.
    45.6
    N
    0.5
    SE
    23 Intersection of Road 163 and Road 1023
    Join Road 163 heading N. Immediately N of the Little Flat Rock Creek bridge (0.2 mi), leave Road 163 on footpath that goes E and ascends beside the beautiful arched stone culvert that conducts the creek beneath the canal prism.
    At the prism, cross to its far side and turn N on towpath. After 0.3 mi at Road 111, jog W to heelpath. Head N on the heelpath to a display (450') with parking that memorializes the junction of the Miami and Erie and Wabash and Erie Canals. The two canals joined here on their way N to Lake Erie near Toledo. The memorial is just a few feet S of SR 111.
    46.1
    0.0
    24 SR 111 at Road 163 near Junction
  • (4/28/2014) A new Delphos Map was published in April 2014.

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