The Zoar Valley Trail winds along the Tuscarawas River for 20 miles between the village of Schoenbrunn in the south and Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar in the north. The path is mixture of rolling hills and level areas through wooded tracts, open spaces, farmland and suburban back yards.
The trail passes by many historical sites of interest, including the villages of Zoar and Schoenbrunn (the latter founded in 1772), Camp Tuscazoar, Dover Dam, the Ohio & Erie Canal, Fort Laurens and a pre-Revolutionary War encampment. You'll also find a couple railroad trestles, one known as Fink Truss Bridge, which is a one-of-a-kind on the National Register of Historic Places
In addition to the historic sites, you can visit the Zoar Wetland Arboretum and you can camp at Tuscazoar, which about the halfway point. Both primitive tent sites and lodges are available but the camp recommends reserving a spot in advance. The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation manages the trail.
The Zoar Valley Trail is paved in the south, and is more hilly, while the southern section, north of the camp, has a natural surface and is more level. Part of the trail follows an old railroad right of way and the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath. North of Bolivar you can pick up the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath (Tuscarawas Section)
and continue to Cleveland.
Parking and access is available at Fort Laurens in Bolivar, at Camp Tuscazoar in Dover, in the village of Schoenbrunn and near the Route 82 bridge.
Just out for some exercise and decided to hit this trail. I started at Fort Laurens and headed south. The trail was in good shape for the first 2 or 3 miles, then it got rough on and off. I only went 5 Miles down then headed back. Over all I ...
We rode from Ft Laurens to Dover Dam today. The trail is in good shape for about 4 1/2 miles then you get into the area where they have not made any improvements yet, it is still a pretty easy ride but I don't recommend it to anyone that is used riding ...
After starting from the Fort Laurens parking lot the trail was fine for approximately 3.5 miles. At that point it turned into all dirt with mud, rocks, and became very narrow. We turned back and attempted to find the other end of the trail in New Philly ...