There are no trail closures at this time. Last Updated: 2023-01-20

TuscParks

News and events for the Tuscarawas County Park Department.

Schedule of Events for 2023

The following is a list of our Schedule of Events for 2023. Check this page or our Facebook page for updates. Events are subject to change.

February

  • 2/11 – Winter Hike, 10am-12pm at the Norma Johnson Center (Conservation Drive)

March

  • 3/18 – Dog Day of Spring, 1-3pm at the Canal Lands Park trailhead

April

  • 4/22 – Volunteer Day: Spruce Up the Trails, 9am-12pm at Canal Lands Park and the Norma Johnson Center

May

  • 5/12 – Birding with Kramer, 8-10am at the Norma Johnson Center (Conservation Drive)
  • 5/19 – Birding with Kramer, 8-10am at Trenton Heritage Park
  • 5/26 – Birding with Kramer, 8-10am at the Canal Lands Park trailhead

June

  • 6/15 – Summer Walkabout, 8:30-10:30am at the Norma Johnson Center (Conservation Drive)
  • 6/17 – Family Fishing Day, 9-11:30am at the Norma Johnson Center (Preservation Pond)
  • 6/27 – Hanging Around in Nature, 9-11am at the Norma Johnson Center (Yellow Barn)

July

  • 7/6 through 7/16 – Butterfly Exhibit, M-Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 12-4pm at the Norma Johnson Center (Conservation Drive)
  • 7/20 – Summer Walkabout, 8:30-10:30am at Trenton Heritage Park
  • 7/25 – Hanging Around in Nature, 9-11:30am at the Norma Johnson Center (Yellow Barn)

August

  • 8/17 – Summer Walk About, 8:30-10:30 at the Canal Lands Park trailhead
  • TBD – Interpretive History Hike, 1-3pm at the Canal Lands Park trailhead
  • 8/22 – Hanging Around in Nature, 9-11:30am at the Norma Johnson Center (Yellow Barn)
  • 8/26 – Summer Dog Days at the Norma Johnson Center (Conservation Drive)

September

  • 9/18 through 9/24 – Meet TuscParks at the Tuscarawas County Fair

October

  • 10/7 – Fall Fest, 12-5pm at the Norma Johnson Center (Conservation Drive)
  • 10/15 – Canal Lands 5k Run & Walk, 1-3pm at Canal Lands Park

December

  • 12/2 – Luminary Walk, 5-7pm at the Norma Johnson Center (Yellow Barn)

2023 Summer Children’s Program

This link is not active to the 2023 events at this time.  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

  • June 6, Scavenger Hunt
  • June 13, Pond Dipping at the Norma Johnson Center
  • June 20, Camouflage
  • June 27, Nature Art
  • July 11, Butterflies at the Norma Johnson Center
  • July 18, Nancy Owens Raptors and Owls
  • July 24, Stream Study

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

  • June 8, Planters
  • June 15, Paint Project
  • June 22, Glass Cubes
  • June 29, Tye Dye
  • July 13, Butterfly Crafts
  • July 20, Tiles
  • July 27, Concrete Stones

2023 Homeschool Wednesday

This program is held on the second Wednesday of the month from October through May from 9-11am. Registration is required and can be done by emailing Marsha Freeland at parkedu@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

  • January 11, Taste Buds at the Tuscora Park Youth Center*
  • February 8, Winter Hike at the Norma Johnson Center
  • March 8, Migration is Upon Us at the Tuscora Park Youth Center*
  • April 12, Explore Nature at Canal Lands Park
  • May 10, Spring Hike at the Norma Johnson Center
  • October 11, Fall Hike at the Norma Johnson Center
  • November 9, TBA
  • December 14, TBA

* Note: We do not operate or manage Tuscora Park. It is managed by RTY and the City of New Philadelphia.

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.)

Flooding

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.