About Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail – Tuscarawas County

The Tuscarawas County section of the Towpath Trail is a part of the 110-mile Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which extends north to Cleveland and south to New Philadelphia. It is also utilized by the Zoar Valley Trail and the Buckeye Trail. Tuscarawas and Stark Counties are joined by the Aqueduct Bridge that spans the Tuscarawas River, and our section of the trail begins there at the McDonnell Trailhead along SR 212 in Bolivar. Currently (2019) there is a road route along SR 212 into Bolivar. In Bolivar, you can begin your trip along the "Canal Lands" Towpath Trail at the Ft. Laurens Museum trailhead. There, you can access 5.4 miles of crushed limestone surface trail to SR 800. The Northern Section (2.3 miles) of the Canal Lands Park takes you past Ft. Laurens Museum (the site of Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort), a modern bridge that takes you across I-77, Towpath Mile Markers 81-83, Canal Locks 7-10, the Historic Iron Bridge, and Historic Zoar Village (a National Historic Landmark!). Be sure to visit the Zoar Wetland Arboretum if you are in the area. The Southern Portion (3.2 miles) of the Canal Lands Park takes you past the Canal Lands Park Trailhead, under a railroad canopy and over boardwalks, and across SR 800 to the Old Zoarville Station Bridge (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and Camp Tuscazoar. Camp Tuscazoar is home to miles of hiking trails and amazing mountain bike trails. They also offer primitive and RV camping.

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Parking and Restrooms (flush and portable) at Ft. Laurens & Canal Lands Park

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