Ohio and Erie Canal: Bolivar to Zoarville

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Bolivar, Ohio

Ohio and Erie Canal: Bolivar to Zoarville is a 11.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bolivar, Ohio that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 190 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking





historic site

The only lot for this section is near the middle at Zoar. (N40 36.426 W81 25.600)

2 months ago

Trail conditions were fine, but otherwise the only redeeming quality of this portion of the Canalway/Towpath is that it was the last part of my section hike of the whole trail. This section is MONOTONOUS! Perhaps OK on a bike, but to hike it as an out and back of 11.25 miles was not fun.

7 months ago

Mostly fine gravel and a very flat, easy trail. Ft. Laurens is a litle piece of history and so are the canal locks and worth learning about as you walk the grounds. Well-traveled trail, especially bikes. Swamp, Tusc River, turtles, chipmunks, squirrels, birds. I have biked, kayaked and hiked this trail/waterway. Nice area.

Great walk! Has things to see that motivate you.

11 months ago

I hike this section of the Towpath Trail often and love the history of Fort Laurens, the canal and Zoar, Ohio. Lock 7 is a great place to take a break and sit on the bench and relax. This section of the trail is very clean because the Bolivar - Zoar Rotary club has adapted it. They are presently developing a park at the Canal Lands trailhead which also connects to Zoar Lake trail.

mountain biking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Very enjoyable trail. Very narrow tight path which I like. Lots of historic canal ruins and locks.. Close to the River. Great bar and food joint at turn around!!

Tue Aug 28 2018

Great trail, plenty to see.

Sat May 26 2018

Great trail! Clean paths

Thu Apr 26 2018

great path for easy walk and with dog. nice and shaded and not crowded.

Sat Jul 29 2017

I did this yesterday it's a good ride with a couple of technical area's which were a short severe incline and desent but there is by passes around them other than that it's an easy ride.

Tue Mar 01 2016

Well kept flat quiet trail. My wife and I enjoy the section from Ft Laurens to Zoar.

Sun Feb 21 2016

Well kept trail for hiking. The locks and history panels are very interesting. Also take time to visit historic Zoar and Fort Laurens museum.

Tue Jun 23 2015

Was washed out but went back and they fixed it

Sat Jun 06 2015

Nice quiet trail! Lots of turtles to see!

Fri Jan 02 2015

Have biked and hiked from the Zoar end to the Fort Laurens park many times because I live ten minutes from here....Clean pretty

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