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  • About the Peace Park on the Towpath Trail

    picnic shelter trash can on towpath trailOur Peace Park Rest Area idea came about from my brother Marc sending me a picture of a really nice single table shelter that is on the towpath trail in Cuyahoga Valley in the Boston Mills region. Since our property is located at the intersection of the Greenville Treaty line and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, we saw it as an opportunity to share the history of the American Revolution era Fort Laurens which was also referred to within the treaty. Fort Laurens is located about 1.5 miles east of our trail location.

  • About the Towpath Trail Snack Shack & Peace Park

    snack shack poppies bloom

    In May 2016. my family agreed to donate a 12'-20' section our our property frontage to the Ohio & Erie Canal-way Towpath Trail which was needed to close the last remaining gap between Tuscarawas county and Cleveland, Ohio. In Dec 2013 the Bolivar aqueduct McDonnell trail head was dedicated which brought the trail to the Tuscarawas-Stark county line. In 2016 the Bolivar trail was developed to about 20 feet of our property line. In 2019 the trail development will include our property to the Wheeling & Lake Erie 12' 6" Railroad bridge and from the McDonnell trail-head to the bridge. In 2019, the bridge shelter and two sections will be joined.

    The about section is broke down to focus on either "About the Snack Shack" and "About the Peace Park" that we may include specific information about how each evolved.

  • BBQ grills are available for campers

    Airbud guarding the Kingsford charcoal

     

    We offer BBQ grills freely for campers that would like to use a grill for cooking.

    We offer loaner Smoky Joe grills for bikers and hikers to use for cooking. Charcoal isn't included but is available for sale.

     

  • Blog

    Information on everything related to the historical intersection of the Greenville Treaty Line, Ohio-Erie Canal, Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway Scenic Byway, the Buckeye Trail, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, Western Union telegraph, and events within a reasonable hiking or biking distance from our corner of the towpath trail.

  • Book a Towpath Trail Peace Park campsite on the Dyrt

    Book a primitive campsite at the Towpath Trail Peace Park between Bolivar and the McDonnell Trailhead using the Dyrt.

  • Book a Towpath Trail Peace Park campsite on the HipCamp

    Book a primitive campsite at the Towpath Trail Peace Park between Bolivar and the McDonnell Trailhead using HipCamp.

  • Camping along the Towpath Trail

    Century Cycles maintains a campground campsite list of all the camping available along the Ohio - Erie Canalway Towpath Trail.

  • Closed during Winter

    closed for the seasonThe Towpath Trail Snack Shack is a seasonal business and is CLOSED from Labor Day through Memorial Day annually!

    While we are closed for the Winter, our mobile Hot Dog trailer may be available for catering events.  We may also consider an event rental or lease. so call Joe Rinehart (319) GET-ADOG AKA(319) 438-2364, to inquire.

  • Greenville Peace Treaty

    220px Greenville Treaty Line MapDocument Information
    Date:    August 3, 1795
    Author Name:     Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Greenville
    Recipient Name:    [not available]
    Summary:    Official sealed document securing peace between U.S. and Western Indian Nations. Set boundary line between nations as Cuyahoga River.
    Document Format:    Document Signed
    Source:    Collection: National Archives of Canada: Archive Reports 1891
     

  • Lost and found policy

    Lost and Found Policy

    It's inevitable that someone may lose or leave something behind. When we find anything, it's put in our lost and found drawer and we attempt to notify who we think it belongs to. If we haven't a clue who the item it belongs, we add it to our lost and found collection with the hope that it's claimed later.

    We do not mail the items back, be sure to check your site before leaving.

    If you suspect that you left something behind or lost anything, please telephone Joe Rinehart at the Towpath Trail Snack Shack & Peace Park 330.389.1192

  • Ohio & Erie Canalway National Scenic Byway

    STARK BYWAY SIGNRemember Sunday drives? Did you know the Towpath Trail Snack Shack is located on an Ohio Scenic Byway? We invite you to stop at our historical byway intersection where the Greenville treaty line crosses the towpath trail, Ohio Buckeye Trail, and of course, our section of Ohio & Erie Canalway National Scenic Byway!

    A link to the Department of Transportion map of our section is available at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/byways/10501/maps/Southern_Section
  • Our first bicyclist Hipcampers

    1st bicyclist Hipcampers

    Ohio-Erie Canalway Towpath Trail bicyclists HipcampersRiding the Ohio-Erie Canalway Towpath Trail our first group of bicyclists decided on staying Sunday, June 29th, 2020 at the Towpath Trail Peace Park to rest up for their trip back to Akron, Ohio. Of course, our photobombing mascot Airbud had to get in the photo too. We enjoyed hosting our first group of cyclists and look forward to sharing our property with many more yet to arrive at our historic Tuscarawas county destination.

  • Our first out of state Hipcampers

    Alexa and her friend Shannon, both from Vermont, were our 1st out-of-state Hipcampers.

    Vermont campers portrait

    We enjoyed hosting our first out-of-state campers, Alexa and her friend Shannon, both school teachers from Vermont. They decided to travel from Vermont to the Michigan peninsula for a summer adventure due to the COVID-19 quarantine and school break.

  • Our Peace Park Pet Flash the Black Squirrel

    Peace Park Pet Flash
    Black Squirrel

    We love the abundant wildlife on our property and have sighted four species of squirrel including the black, grey, fox, and flying squirrels! We've decided to name our resident black squirrel "Flash" to honor  Kent State University, it's Alumni, and of course Superintendent Larry Wooddell and retired Davey Tree employee who introduced the black squirrel to Kent State in 1961. Kent State University has a Tuscarawas County Campus so it seems fitting that we adopt the black squirrel that lives in our front yard and name her Flash! We've even bought Flash a friendly-looking squirrel feeder who shares unsalted peanuts, sunflower seeds, and corn.


  • Peace Park

    The Peace Park Blog is about the park we're establishing at the intersection of the Greenville Treaty Line and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail between the McDonnell Trailhead and the village of Bolivar. The Greenville Peace Treaty was the first peace treaty authorized by President George Washington and our current US Congress! 2020 will be the 225th anniversary of the treaty signed on August 3 1795 by Mad Anthony Wayne and the American Indians.

  • Peace Park

    Primitive tent camping available on the Greenville Peace Treaty Line, Buckeye Trail, Ohio-Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Scenic Byway, and the Great American Rail-Trail! Located on the historic Ohio-Erie Canal between the village of Bolivar Ballparks and the McDonnell trailheads on the towpath trail. 

  • Peace Park Development Plan

    Peace Park campsite parking

    Peace Park Plan

    We love the history of our historical corner of the Greenville Peace Treaty Line, Ohio-Erie Canalway Towpath Trail and Scenic Byway, Buckeye Trail, the Great American Rail-Trail. and within sight of where the first white man Christian Federick Post, a Moravian missionary to the largest Delaware Native American settlement in Ohio in 1730. To have the opportunity to celebrate, encourage, and share such rich early Ohio history gives us great pleasure. Since we first started to make about a quarter acre of our little corner available to the public we've thought of a bunch of ideas and received a few great suggestions on how we may improve the visitor experience.

    This is our wish list plan to improve our campsites for public usage.

  • Peace Park News

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  • Peace Park Primitive Camping Rules

    Towpath Trail Peace Park Rules and Regulations

    second campers at the peace park

    I'm in the front house by the 12' 6" RR bridge with a food service trailer with Towpath Trail Snack Shack in the front yard. Go to the lower driveway easement closest to the canal and you may park by the handicapped accessible Porta-Jon. In the event that you arrive and no one is available to meet & greet you, please feel free to set up camp in the field between the Ohio & Erie Canal and the lower driveway easement.

  • The story of Fort Laurens; Ohio's only Revolutionary war fort

    The Towpath Trail Peace Park is located where the Greenville Treaty Line intersects with the Ohio-Erie canal towpath trail just west of the village of Bolivar, Ohio. The Greenville Peace Treaty specifically refers to Fort Laurens and runs from Greenville, Ohio on the west side of the state to about a mile and a half to where the Sandy creek enters the Tuscarawas River and from there north to Cleveland, Ohio. Fort Laurens is located only 1.5 miles east of the Peace Park on the towpath trail and we encourage everyone to hike there to visit. The Canal Lands section of the towpath trail has been adopted by the Bolivar-Zoar Rotary club who does a great job of helping the Tuscarawas Parks and Recreation to maintain the trail from Fort Laurens to Route 800.


    Here's a very well-produced video by the Ohio Historical Connection of the story of Fort Laurens that's only 20 minutes long. It is also the story of how Ohio became settled shortly after the American Revolution and became the 17th state admitted to the Union on March 1st, 1803

     

    Fort Laurens Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/fortlaurens/

    The historical community of Zoar, Ohio Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricZoarVillage/

    The Ohio-Erie Canalway Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/OECanalway/

    and Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau at https://www.facebook.com/TuscarawasCoCVB/


  • Towpath Trail Peace Park Partnership Startup Opportunity!

    1st bicyclists to camp at the Peace Park

     

    Upon completing our first season with over 70 primitive campsites booked at our historical intersection on the Greenville Peace Treaty Line, Buckeye Trail, Ohio-Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Scenic Byway, Tuscarawas River Water Trail, and the Great American Rail-Trail, I've decided to solicit a financial partner to better protect a long term goal for the community!

  • Towpath Trail Peace Park Primitive Camping

    Towpath Trail Peace Park Primitive Campsites

    peace park primitive campsites

    Primitive tent camping is now available on the Greenville Peace Treaty Line, Buckeye Trail, Ohio-Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Scenic Byway, & the Great American Rail-Trail! 

    Weekends $14 up to two people, $5 each additional person. $10 additional car parking spot. Weekdays 25% off per night. Firewood bundle $7 * History lecture $10 (prices as of 8/05/20)

  • Welcome to our Peace Park Blog

    proposed peace park picnic table locationThank you for taking the time to visit our discussion about establishing a Peace Park at the intersection of the Greenville Peace Treaty Line and the Towpath Trail!

    We hope that you enjoy your visit and learn a little about America's first Peace Treaty authorized by our first President George Washington and the first US Congress of our current government.

Closed in foul weather notice

We're closed when it's below 50 or above 90 degrees or in winds above 15 knots!

Towpath Trail Peace Park Campsites

Primitive campsites now available year round even when the Snack Shack is closed for the season! Click the photo below for more information.

peace park primitive campsites

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