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Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Updated: Jan 23


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Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio
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"Good roads, canals, and navigable rivers, by diminishing the expense of carriage, put the remote parts of the country more nearly upon a level with those of the neightbourhood of the town. They are upon that the greatest of all improvements." ~ Adam Smith

Lockville Canal Park

Lockville Canal Park is another unique, historical park in Ohio. It is a narrow 8+ acre lot that sits in both Bloom Township and Violet Township. The park does not have any hiking trails or playground equipment. Instead, the park’s main features are the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal Locks and the Hartman No. 2 Covered Bridge.


When visiting Lockville Canal Park you can explore Ohio Erie Canal Locks 11, 12, and 13. Situated on private property are locks 14-17. These locks are one of the longest series of complete locks located in the State of Ohio.



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History of the Ohio and Erie Canal Locks

The Ohio and Erie Canal was a 308-mile waterway that linked the Ohio River in Portsmouth to Lake Erie in Cleveland. The construction of the canal began on July 4, 1825. The canal was hand built and took over 7 years to complete. It measured forty feet wide at the top and narrowed to twenty-six feet at the bottom. It was at least 4 feet deep and was able to handle boats that were up to 80 feet long.


Historical Lockville Canal Park Carroll Ohio Lock South 11 Then and Now

The Ohio and Erie Canal was a game changer. It made it easier and quicker for businesses to transport freight. It was in operation from 1833-1913. Over the years, the canal helped Ohio thrive. The state became the 3rd most prosperous state in the nation.


Once the railroad hit Ohio, the canal quickly saw a sharp drop in freight traffic. In 1861, the State of Ohio leased portions of the Ohio and Erie Canal to private owners. During this time, the can was mostly used to transport local goods. In 1879, the State took back ownership of the canal. Areas of the canal were found to be in disrepair. Leading to the closure of the canal in 1913.


Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #11 Pickerington Road Carroll Ohio
Ohio and Erie Lock #11 - Looking Northwest
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #11 Pickerington Road Carroll Ohio
Ohio and Erie Lock #11 - Looking Southeast
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #12 Pickerington Road Carroll Ohio
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #12 - Looking Southeast
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #11 Pickerington Road Carroll Ohio
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #11 - Large Rectangle Holes
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #13 Pickerington Road Carroll Ohio
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #13 - Looking Souteast
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #13 Pickerington Road Carroll Ohio
Lockville Canal Park Ohio and Erie Lock #13 - Inscribed Block

Inscription

Built July 1862

By:

The lessees of the Public Works

Samuel Boyle Contractor

N. Eberly Stone Mason H.E. Butin Foreman


Since the inscription is dated 1862, I can only guess this was one of the damaged locks. The work was probably commissioned right after the State of Ohio took back over the operation of the Ohio and Erie Canal.






Hartman No. 2 Covered Bridge

Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio

The Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge was constructed in 1888 by either William Funk or Jacob Brandt. It is 48 feet long and has a queen post truss design.


The Hartman #2 Covered Bridge originally sat on Wheeling Road, just east of Lancaster. The bridge was moved to its current location in 1967. It now sits between Ohio & Erie Locks 11 and 12.


Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio

Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio

Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio Reservations





Fairfield County Ohio Covered Bridge Trail

Ohio is known for its covered bridges. At one point in time, Fairfield County had 279 timber truss bridges. This was more than any other county. Sadly, most of these no longer exist.

It is estimated that there are still 125 wooded covered bridges left in the state. Many of them have been relocated to private properties. Others are cared for by local parks departments. Out of the 125, 17 of these are in Fairfield County.

The 17 bridges are:


A map to these bridges can be found HERE.

If you are interested in visiting all the covered bridges in Fairfield County keep an eye on the Visit Fairfield County website. Covered Bridge tours are very popular. There is usually a guided bus tour every year. We have also heard people talk about motorcycle tours and cyclist tours.


The Fairfield County Park District

The Fairfield County Park District currently has eight original bridges. Of those, 5 are open to the public.

The bridges operated by the Fairfield County Park District are:

Why Were Bridges Covered?

Covered bridges were designed with roofs for practical and structural purposes. Having a roof kept the elements off the deck and trusses. Snow, rain, sun and wind can cause damage to the wood. Having a protective covering allowed these bridges to last longer.

Another reason why bridges were covered was for strength. Adding a covering to the trusses makes the bridge stronger. This allowed for the designers and builders to erect longer bridges.


Covered Bridge Photograph on Etsy

Park Amenities

The Lockville Canal Park is no at normal park. It is a historical park great for anyone interested in Ohio history. It is also a nice park for picnics, weddings, and parties.


At the park you will find a large shelter house and several picnic tables scattered throughout the grounds. There are also a handful of park benches.


The parking lot is narrow with approximately 21 parking spaces. Two of which are ADA and one is set aside for busses.


Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio
Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio
Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge Fairfield County Ohio


What You Can Expect at Lockville Canal Park / Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge

Please note that trail rules and regulations can change at any time. The following information was in effect for Lockville Canal Park and Hartman No 2 Covered Bridge as of September 2022.


Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

No bathrooms.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

There are no trails for bicycles.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

We saw very few birds at Lockville Canal Park.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

The historical covered bridge.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Concealed carry is not permitted.


Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Pets are permitted if they are kept on a leash and supervised at all times.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

No trails.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Blacktop parking lot with approximately 20 spaces.


Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

There are several picnic tables.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

There is no playground.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

There are several benches.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Sun and shade.


Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Large shelter house.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

There was one trashcan available.


Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

No waterways.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

Two ADA parking spots.



Lockville Canal Park & Hartman No.2 Covered Bridge

No water for fishing.





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