Zoar Valley Trail

Trail Map

Description Suggest an Edit

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 Trail Access

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.

Reviews

TRAIL CONDITIONS AS OF AUG. 13, 2015

   August, 2015 by mamon

I biked this trail southwards from its northern end at Ft. Laurens State memorial in Bolivar, OH, to its intersection with OH-416, south of Dover Dam. I estimate I covered the northern 12mi of the 20mi total length. It is a beautiful trail. A bit rough ...read more

This is not a full review.....

   May, 2015 by rtbphotography

Why? Because as of Saturday May 23rd the trail is closed about five miles from the Fort Laurens Trailhead. Up to that point, the trail is too narrow. There are erosion ruts that could easily take a rider down and/or pretzel a wheel. I can't speak ...read more

Camp Tuscazoar

   April, 2014 by pjpopson

Hiked from Fort Laurens to Camp Tuscazoar and back. Trail is flat. Area north of Route 800 is old canal towpath and relatively smooth. Beyond route 800 and south to Camp Tudcazoar is old rail bed. Rail bed was level but a little muddy, not as smooth as ...read more