Zoar Valley Trail Guide

Zoar Valley Trail Guide
(Mileage from Schoenbrunn)

The Zoar Valley Trail offers an interesting glimpse into the evolution of transportation. Initially, footpaths wound their way along the river and through the hills. From there, the invention of water transportation such as canoes and rafts allowed travel along the river. A stagecoach road once passed Camp Tuscazoar, offering a third means of travel. In the 1800’s, the construction of the Ohio & Erie Canal through the valley added an attractive option for transporting goods to market. Shortly after, railroads began winding there way through the area, supplanting the canal as a primary means of hauling both goods and people. With the invention of the automobile, cart paths were widened and the “horseless carriage” became the principal means of transportation. Today, passenger jets and other airplanes soar over the valley, providing a faster mode of travel from one location to the other.

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Zoar Valley Trail patches >

0.0Schoenbrunn Village >
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 Leave Schoenbrunn and follow SR 39 to University Drive (TR 312)
 Turn right onto University Drive and proceed east
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0.8Entrance to Trumpet In The Land >
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2.5Cemetery/Junction of TR 312 and TR 306 (Ridge Road)
 Turn left onto Ridge Road heading northwest
3.6Pass through intersection of Ridge Rd. and TR 313–continue west
5.9Leave Ridge Rd./Follow Dawn Drive northwest to SR 39
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6.3Turn right onto SR 39 and head east to Hillandale Road
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6.4Turn north on Hillandale Road/Follow Hillandale Road to old railroad bed
6.5Turn right and head east on old railroad bed
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7.1Turn left and head north on Pleasant Valley Rd. (TR314)
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9.4Turn right and head northeast on Reed’s Run Road
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9.6Turn left and head west on Johnstown Road.
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10.1Join with SR 416
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10.2Turn right and head north on old railroad bed
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12.6Dover Dam >
12.9Side trail to Buzzard’s Roost
13.4Side trail to central Camp Tuscazoar
14.6Leave old railroad bed/Turn left and head downhill to the Zoarville Station Bridge >
14.8Cross Connotton Creek
15.0Join SR 800/Turn left and head southwest at intersection
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15.2Cross Tuscarawas River
15.3Leave SR 800/Turn right and head north on Ohio-Erie Canal towpath >
Zoar Bridge
18.3Lock #10
19.2Lock #9
19.4Lock #8
19.6Lock #7
19.8Pass over I-77
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20.1Follow trail parallel to I-77.  Note canal on right and Indian mound on the left. Enter Ft. Laurens grounds >  

Section Maps

Section 1 >
Schoenbrunn to Ridge Road Cemetary

Section 2 >
Ridge Road Cemetary to SR 39

Section 3 >
SR 39 to Pleasant Valley Rd. (TR 314)

Section 4 >
Pleasant Valley Rd. (TR 314 to SR 416)

Section 5 >
SR 416 to Railroad Bed

Section 6 >
Railroad Bed to Canal Towpath

Section 7 >
Canal Towpath

Section 8 >
Canal Towpath to Lock 9

Section 9 >
Lock 9 to Fort Laurens

General Information

A patch is available for those who complete the Zoar Valley Trail. 

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For additional information, or to make arrangements to hike the trail, call or write: 
Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, Inc. 
P.O. Box 308 
Zoarville, OH 44656-0308 
Phone: (330) 859-2288 

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