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The Grand Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area, linking the large cities of Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe. Like many of the area's trails, the Grand Canal Path follows an irrigation canal: in this case, the Grand Canal, which was built in 1878 and is the oldest remaining area canal north of the Salt River.
For most of its route, the trail offers paved and gravel options on opposite sides of the canal, with the rougher surface generally preferred by equestrian users and joggers. Plans are currently in the works to upgrade the paved trail in Phoenix with additional neighborhood connections and minor landscaping improvements in the near future.
The Grand Canal Path connects to the New River Trail, which heads north into Peoria.
Parking for the Grand Canal Path is available in Grand Canal Linear Park (near the intersection of W. Camelback Road and N. 75th Avenue) and Glendale Heroes Regional Park (near the intersection of W. Bethany Home Road and N. 83rd Avenue), both in Glendale.
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