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The Zoar Valley Trail winds along the Tuscarawas River between the village of Schoenbrunn in the south and Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar in the north. The path offers a 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 historical sites, you can visit the Zoar Wetland Arboretum and you can camp at Tuscazoar, which is located 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 southern half of the trail (south of SR 416) requires on-road cycling and is hilly, while the section north of the camp, has a natural surface and is more level. The northern most section of the trail—between Route 800 and Fort Laurens—follows an old railroad right of way and the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath. At the Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar you can continue on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath heading towards Cleveland.
Parking and access is available at Fort Laurens in Bolivar, by Canal Lands Park trailhead in Zoar (8645 Diver-Zoar Rd), at Camp Tuscazoar in Dover, in the historic village of Schoenbrunn and near the Route 82 bridge.
However, note that Schoenbrunn Village closes at 5 pm. Retrieve your car by then to avoid getting it locked in.
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