HIKING TRAILS IN TUSCARAWAS
Park is operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and
is located off of State Route 212. You will head East on Atwood Lake
Road which will take you to the park gate entrance where they have
WATERSHED CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
Toll Free 877.363.8500
The Massillon Section begins in Hartville where the Mogadore Section
ends. The north end of the trail follows suburban roads past
Nimisilla Reservoir, a unit of Portage Lakes State Park. In Crystal
Springs, the trail connects to the south end of the Akron Section on
towpath. This junction closes the 'Little Loop' of the Buckeye Trail.
The little loop comprises the Akron, Bedford, Burton, Mogadore and
Massillon Sections. The Massillon Section continues along the
Towpath Trail, a unit of Stark Parks. Former towpath is followed
through the remainder of Stark County and much of Tuscarawas County. The
trail visits the towns of Massillon, Navarre and Bolivar. South of
Zoarville, the Buckeye Trail again follows country roads past Camp
Tuscazoar into the Bowerston section. (39% off - road trail)
The camp entrance is on Boy Scout Rd. (County Road 83), which runs south
off SR 212, just east of SR 800.
From the Bolivar exit on I - 77 go east 6 miles on SR 212. From
Dover go north on SR 800 to SR 212 E which is just above the dam.
From Atwood Lake go west on SR 212. When you visit, please sign
in for your safety.
Located in the business section of downtown Bolivar adjacent to I - 77
South. This park in presently under construction and will have a
gazebo, walking track, picnic areas, and north and south trail head
parking area. Exit I - 77 at
Exit 93 ( Bolivar – Zoar – State Rt. 212 ) turn East on State Rt. 212 to
Bolivar and follow State Rt. 212 to Cherry Street SE. turn right.
Go one block to Canal Street and you are in the Business District
and at the North Entrance to Canal Street Park.
The Norma Johnson Center has portions owned by the Tuscarawas County
Commissioners and the Tuscarawas Soil & Water Conservation District. NJC
is located on State Route 39 between Dover and Sugarcreek. From I - 77,
use the Dover exit and turn west on State Route 39.
The Nature Preserve is on the right hand side of the road
approximately 1.3 miles. For
the Conservation Center turn right onto County Road 139.
The Center is on the right.
OHIO & ERIE
CANAL TOWPATH TRAIL
This is a 3 mile trail owned by the Tuscarawas County Commissioners
located along the Tuscarawas River near Zoar.
Parking is available at the Canal Lands Park located on Dover -
Zoar Road (County Road 82).
OHIO & ERIE
Schoenbrunn ("beautiful spring") Village includes seventeen log
buildings, gardens, the original mission cemetery, and a museum and
visitor center. The site also includes picnic facilities and natural
areas including trails. One trail is .2 m and the other trail is .4m.
The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation has assumed operations of the historic
Zoar Valley Trail. This
scenic 20 - mile trail provides hikers with a variety of historical
sites and changes in terrain from rolling hills to level paths.
The trail is anchored at the southern end by the village of
Schoenbrunn in New Philadelphia and on the north by Fort Laurens in
Bolivar. The trail passes
Zoar, with an overnight stop at Camp
You may start your hike from either end.
However, it is generally thought better to start at Schoenbrunn,
covering the hard surface and hilly part of the trail in the first day.
Camp Tuscazoar is the halfway point on the trail and provides
both lodges and primitive camping.
Several camp sites are only a short walk from the trail and may
be reserved by contacting the camp ranger.
Please notify the ranger several weeks in advance to guarantee a
site. The last portion of
the trail travels along an abandoned railroad bed and the Ohio – Erie
Canal towpath, with a short stretch on hard surface from one to the
Located at 434 5th
Street in Zoar, this arboretum is nestled between the historic
Village of Zoar and the Tuscarawas River lies this 82 acre wetland that
Earth Action Partnership now owns. Visitors can park next to the picnic
shelter and walk in two directions. First, to the left is the Guardlock
Trail that follows the base of the levee. This trail takes you past the
newly established Dogwood Grove and Wildflower Loop Trail. Continue on
to the Tuscarawas River wehre the trail splits.
Follow the sign downstream to get to the Towpath Trail or
upstream to the River Trail.
The second path from the picnic shelter is the Cemetery Trail that
follows the edge of the lake towards Zoar Cemetery. This path is the
original wagon road extension of 5th
connecting Zoar to Bolivar in the 1800’s before Rt. 212 was built.
Zoar Woods is owned by The Wilderness Center. It is accessible to the
public from Zoar or Dover by a lane off the Dover - Zoar Road (County
Road 82). To reach Zoar Woods from I- 77, exit on highway 212 at
Bolivar. Travel east on 212 about five miles to Zoar (a historic
village). Just east of Zoar,
take County Road 82 South toward Dover. After you cross the
Tuscarawas River, you will go about three miles to Township Road 380.
Take 380 just a few hundred feet to the lane to the Zoar Woods parking
area. (There is a small sign near the intersection of 82 and 380, an a
larger sign at the lane.)
The lane is used by visitors to Zoar Woods as well as by some private
residences nearby, so do not block the land, and exercise every courtesy
while you are there.
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