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Hydraulic Canal Run begins in picturesque French Park, where stands of mature trees provide the perfect shady spots to picnic. From here, you can also connect to Piqua City Linear Park, a rail-trail that extends 5.5 miles across the city.
From the park, the path heads north through a wooded area and then follows the eastern bank of Frantz Pond along a levee. Enjoy the waterside view here and at Echo Pond a little farther north. You'll continue through Fountain Park, where you'll find the trail's namesake, the Hydraulic Canal. The 35-acre park offers plenty of places to play with a baseball diamond, tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court and playground.
The trail ends at Roadside Park on the banks of Swift Run Lake, but connects to the Great Miami River Trail, so you could continue your adventure on the 86-mile paved pathway that links Piqua to Dayton, Fairfield and other communities south of the city.
Trail-goers should note that there are three street crossings along the way, but they are well marked.
At the southern end of the trail, a parking lot is available in French Park (intersection of Steele and Water Streets). At the northern end, you can park in Roadside Park (off State Route 66 near Hardin Road). Mid-trail, park at the lot along Fountain Boulevard in Foundation Park.
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