There are no trail closures at this time. Last Updated: 2022-09-02

Canal Tavern 5k

TuscParks invites you to join this electronically chip timed 5k run and walk along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 pm. Travel from Fort Laurens in Bolivar to the Canal Lands Park trailhead in Zoar. Proceeds will benefit the development and maintenance of the Towpath Trail in Tuscarawas County.

Click here to download the registration form or register online at RunSignUp.


News and events for the Tuscarawas County Park Department.

Schedule of Events for 2022

The following is a list of our Schedule of Events for 2022. Check this page or our Facebook page for updates.


  • August 20: Interpretive History Hike, 1-3pm at Canal Lands Park
  • August 23: Summer Yoga, 6pm at the Norma Johnson Center (registration required)


  • September 10, “Honoring Our Loved Ones” Lantern Float, 6-9pm at the Norma Johnson Center
  • September 19-25, Tuscarawas County Fair Booth


  • October 8, Fall Fest at the Norma Johnson Center
  • October 16, Canal Tavern 5k Run & Walk at Canal Lands Park


  • Santa’s Workshop, 9am to Noon at TBD


  • Luminary Walk, 5-7pm at the Norma Johnson Center

2022 Summer Children’s Program

Click here to register for our Summer Children’s programming (Eventbrite link). There is no fee for the programs, but donations are accepted.

Interacting with Nature, Tuesdays from 10am to Noon

  • July 12, Butterflies at the Norma Johnson Center
  • July 19, Pollinator Walk at the Norma Johnson Center
  • July 26, Macro Invertebrates at Canal Lands Park

Summer Crafting at the NJC, Thursdays from 10am to Noon

  • July 14, Butterfly Crafts
  • July 21, TBD
  • July 28, Concrete Stone

2022 Homeschool Wednesday

This program is held on the second Wednesday of the month from 9-11am. Registration is required and can be done by emailing Marsha Freeland at

  • October 12, Fall Hike at the Norma Johnson Center
  • November 9, TBD
  • December 14 TBD

Trail Closures

The Tuscarawas County Park Department may temporarily close specific areas within their jurisdiction to all visitors upon a determination that such action is necessary for reasons of weather, resource protection or management, permitted special events, avoidance of conflict among visitor activities, law enforcement, or other situations involving public health, safety, or welfare. Maintenance crews may also temporarily close specific areas for construction, reconstruction, or maintenance purposes.

Whenever the Tuscarawas County Park Department temporarily closes access to property within its jurisdiction, the public shall be notified by one or more of the following methods:

  • On the Park Department website or on our Facebook page
  • Signs or physical barriers
  • Mass communication in other media such as print, radio, or other electronic communication (newsletters, etc.)


Due to close proximity to the Tuscarawas River, flooding is a concern along the Canal Lands Towpath Trail. If the Dover Dam water elevation levels are above 885 ft., access at the Canal Lands Park trailhead is likely flooded and the Towpath Trail south to SR-800 are underwater. Over 890 ft., the Towpath Trail is only dry and accessible ~1 mile past the Ft. Laurens trailhead, and flooded at the Canal Lands Park and SR-800.

The Army Corps of Engineers note that when the water levels are above 872 ft. at Dover Dam, kayakers should exit the Tuscarawas River at the Canal Lands Park boat launch ramp in Zoar.