Towpath Trail Travels
In Tuscarawas County,
you’ll find the southernmost portion of the Towpath Trail - a 2.9 mile stretch of improved, earthen trail - connecting Fort Laurens to Canal Lands Park. Use this as a stand-alone stretch to walk/hike/run or make it the start of an 81+ mile journey north along the Towpath Trail.
In the southern tip of Bolivar, Fort Laurens State Memorial is Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort. You can enjoy lovely parklands, visit the museum (for a fee) and take a moment to remember our heroes at a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution. The Towpath Trailhead is at the back of the Fort Laurens’ lot. Park and enter the Trail - open to equestrians in this section as well.
Canal Lands Park:
Continue your journey south to the German community of Zoar via the Canal Lands Park Trailhead - currently, the southernmost Trailhead on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Wander, hike or take a picturesque run through the historic Village of Zoar and don’t forget to stop at their stunning historic gardens or pick up a few things at the Zoar Store.
Tuscarawas County — Towpath Fast Facts
Number of Towpath miles:
Number of Trailheads:
Key Visitor Centers:
Ft. Laurens State Memorial, Village of Zoar
You’ll find a small break in the Trail south of Shepler-Church Road - prior to where the Towpath picks up again at Fort Laurens. Call Tuscarawas County Park Department or Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition for directions.
Expand your journey
Birdwatching & Wildlife -
Area Naturalists have highlighted local habitats that can take your on foot journey through natural Key Viewing sites.
Monthly Wildflower Walks -
July 24th & August 28th - along the Towpath Trail begin at the Zoar Store. Fees apply.
Learn more at http://www.zca.org
- Featured & Calendar of Events
History Buffs -
Keep an eye out for re-enactments at both Fort Laurens and later this year in Zoar - when the Battle on the Ohio-Erie Canal from the Civil War plays out Sept. 17 & 18 in Zoar.
Towpath Traveling Tips
- Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen
- Map It!
- Check which Trailheads have water & note distances between Trailheads
- Plan according to your fitness level - especially if little ones are in tow
- Be aware of weather conditions
- Canalway Alerts - check for park trail closures - especially after heavy rains
- Caution - Boardwalks/Wooden Sections - get slippery when wet or covered with frost
- Navigating a Shared Use Trail - simple rules for pets & sharing the trail...
- Note: Eight ft. leashes in the County Parks; Six ft. in the National Park
- Visiting a Preserve - from leaves to berries - take only photo souvenirs - and more....
Train for the Towpath Marathon in October - and help celebrate its 20th year! Described as “one of the most beautiful race courses in America” by Runner’s World magazine.
Join a Running Club - Here’s a starter list of clubs that frequently use the Canalway.