Towpath Trail – Nov 22, 2020

This morning’s hike was a double out-and-back, starting in Bolivar, at Ft. Laurens State Memorial (the only Revolutionary War fort in Ohio), hiking up to where I’d left off last week, and back again, then south on the Towpath Trail, past Zoar to where it meets Rt. 800 (Zoarville on the AllTrails map.) Total distance today was 15.75 miles.

There was a neat sign on the wall of one of the businesses in Bolivar (pictured) showing an ad for transport on the canal from Zoar Landing to Cleveland in 1839 for $2.35 (children under 12 free.)

Once I crossed over I-77, I passed by three consecutive locks, 7, 8, and 9, and then one more. There was also an interesting old trestle bridge for foot traffic only over the Tuscarawas River, going into Zoar.

It was a good hike, though long, and I managed to get it in after the morning rain, and just before the afternoon rain.

I also realized that I’ve now completed the entire length of the Towpath Trail. The actual trail ends at Rt. 800, in Zoarville, where I turned around. “America’s Byway” is a set of roads that parallel the Towpath, and they go on through Dover and New Philadelphia, to the Kent State Tuscarawas campus, but the actual trail ends at Rt. 800.

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