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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.

  • 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.

     

  • Best Dog Friendly Hiking Trail

    Airbud on towpath trail by snck shackBring your best friend and hike the best dog friendly section of the Ohio & Erie canalway towpath trail between the Canal Lands trailhead to the Fort Laurens trailhead then through the village of Bolivar to the McDonnell Trailhead.

  • Biking

     

    Bikers will love touring our beautiful Buckeye Trail and Ohio-Erie canal Towpath Trail to the Snack Shack and throughout Tuscarawas County, Ohio! Biking on the Ohio-Erie canal towpath trail and buckeye trail is a healthy way to enjoy life and reap the benefit of becoming physically fit.

    The Snack Shack & Peace Park rest area hopes to become a destination and resource of information for biking our beautiful section of the Towpath & Buckeye trails.

    For ore informaion about biking the towpath trail visit URL: https://www.ohiobikeways.net/erietowpath.htm

     

  • 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.

  • Buckeye Trail Association

    Did you know that the Buckeye Trail is part of the Towpath Trail between Bolivar & Zoar, Ohio?

    The purpose of the Association is to promote the construction, maintenance, and use of a state-wide trail system, within the State of Ohio, to be supplemented with side trails, campsites, and other facilities, so as to render accessible some of the historical and beauty spots of the Buckeye State. The trail shall be primarily a footpath, but certain portions may be designated for use by horsemen and/or other non-motorized users. Said corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes co-extensive with the purposes set forth in Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) including for such purposes the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under said Section.

  • Businesses

    Restaurants and businesses on the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath trail that offer great food right on the trail and or services related to hiking and biking!

  • Camping along the Towpath Trail

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

  • Canal Street Diner

    Located in Historic Downtown Bolivar, OH
    Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Catering All Events 7 days a Week

    Step back in time and enjoy a home cooked meal. Serving the best breakfast around until 2pm all week.. We have our fresh baked bread made daily in house. Homemade features are posted daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Homemade roast beef, pulled pork, and pizza are just some of our specialties... Stop in to our establishment in this small, historical town to enjoy a casual, family atmosphere.

    We make our own homemade pies here... or save some room for our Hershey's Ice Cream bar. 

  • Dirty Harry hates ketchup on hot dogs

    Dirty Harry's famous line about "nobody, I mean nobody puts ketchup on a hot dog!"




  • Earth Day 2020 Trail Clean-ups

    Earthday 2020 50th anniversary countdown
    2020 will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!


    The countdown to Earth Day 2020 page is at https://www.earthday.org/earthday/countdown-to-2020/

    The Towpath Trail Snack Shack is participating with the Ohio & Erie Canalway Adopt-A-Trail Towpath Trail program and also the Ohio Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program. The two programs are independant of each other and both require waivers and a safety class to particapate. We meet the last Saturday monthly at 10 AM at the McDonnell trailhead. Upon completion of the McDonnell trailhead cleanup, we start the Rt 212 Scenic Byway cleanup and hike to the four mile marker by NAPA east of Bolivar for a total of 3 miles. Our Facebook McDonnell Trailhead Cleanup events are at URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535127479953809/

    The Earth Day Network Facebook page is at URL: https://www.facebook.com/EarthDayNetwork/

  • eGift cards

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    We are now offering eGift cards via Square! Good at any event or location and never expires. Order a gift of the Towpath Trail Snack Shack for any occasion! Introduce your employees, friends and loved ones to our wild game sausage specials or our Amish country Walnut Creek brand hot dogs.

  • Ernie's Bicycle Shop

    Since 1978 the Ernie's name has been synonymous with two things: riding bikes and having fun. Stop by any of our shops to find out why. And remember... Go for a ride, and everything will be OK. 

    Located on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Massillon, Ohio.

     

  • Events

    While we develop our Towpath Trail Snack Shack, we acquired a mobile unit for catering events and promoting our historic towpath trail location.
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    Events that we plan to attend include:

    The Lynn Drive-in Flea Market is Open every Sunday morning 6 AM to 2 PM Admission is FREE! Lynn Auto Theatre is Ohio's oldest drive-in movie theatre and where we found our mobile snack shack.

     The Bolivar Strawberry Festival June 15, 16, & 17 2017 was our debut event. We had a hot diggity dog time and offered various brands of strawberry water as our theme item. We're already planning to return 2018 Fathers Day weekend.

    Canton Footbal Hall of Fame Parade Route August 4th & 5th between 11th & 12th Street on Cleveland Avenue. Over 200,000 people party all night Friday before the Saturday morning parade and we're going to feed as many as we can ;)  http://www.profootballhoffestival.com/grand-parade

     

    Events within 5 miles of the Snack Shack or along the entire length Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail between New Philadelphia and Cleveland, Ohio on Lake Erie:

    May;

    Canal Days Dover

    June;

    Bolivar Strawberry Festival

    Navarre Holy Family Parish Festival @ St.Clement Church

    Akron: https://www.bathartfestival.com/ 3nd Bath Art Festival held on Sunday June 11, 2018

    Canal Days and Duck Derby Friday June 16th, 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/akroncanaldays

    New Phildelphia - 40th annual First Town Days June 30th http://www.firsttowndays.com/

    July;

    New Philadelphia: July 1, 2, 3, & 4, 2017 40th annual http://www.firsttowndays.com/

    Canal Fulton - Olde Canal Days - July 13, 14, 15, 2017 http://discovercanalfultonevents.com/oldecanaldaysevents.htm

    The annual Beach City Firemen’s Chicken Barbecue, car show and parade will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. July 22 2017 at the fire station at 102 East Main Street. The event is sponsored by the Beach City Fire and Rescue.

    Strasburg's 35th Annual Corn Festival will be held Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30 at Strasburg-Franklin Park.http://userpages.bright.net/~cornfest/

    Zoar, Ohio - Antiques Sale and Artisan Tent at the Harvest Festival  July 29 @ 10:00 am - July 30 @ 4:00 pm
    https://historiczoarvillage.com/event/antiques-sale-and-artisan-tent-at-the-harvest-festival/

    August;

    Canton Footbal Hall of Fame Parade Route August 4th & 5th 2017 between 11th & 12th Street on Cleveland Avenue. (We've confirmed our location for this event!)

    Massilon: Fun Fest 2017 August 12, 2017 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm http://www.massillonmuseum.org/fun-fest

    Buckeye Brewfest, which is set to make its inaugural debut at the National Hamburger Festival at Lock 3 Park in Akron, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 14. http://hamburgerfestival.com

    September;

    Jammin' Food Truck Fest  Sept 2 2017 LABOR DAY WEEKEND

    Zoar, Ohio - Civil War Reenactment and Encampment: Battle of Antietam September 9 @ 9:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm https://historiczoarvillage.com/event/civil-war-re-enactment-and-encampment-battle-of-antietam/

    Canal Fulton - Yankee Peddler Festival - 9/9 9/10 - 9/16 9/17 - 9/23 9/24(weekends) 2017 - Clay's Park Resort
    http://yankeepeddlerfestival.com/

    October;

    Locktoberfest Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:30 pm http://cascadelocks.org/

    Zoar, Ohio - Ghost Tours of Zoar
    October 20th, 21st, & 27th @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Tour the buildings of Historic Zoar by lantern light as the ghosts of Zoar tell you their haunted tales. This popular event sells out every year, so call (330) 874-3011 to make reservations early. Tours leave each night at 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, and 7:30. Cost for the tour is $15/adult and $10/child. Reservations are required.

    November;

    Zoar, Ohio - Free Historic Zoar Speaker Series-  November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm    
    Historic School House, 221 E. Fourth St. Zoar, OH 44697 United States
    November’s FREE speaker is Daniel Rice from the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition. Mr. Rice will speak about the Ohio and Erie Canal and its connection with Zoar. The Separatists helped to dig a seven-mile section of the canal and were able to repay their land debts with the money they earned. The canal continued to affect their daily lives even after its completion, as it brought a greater number of tourists and worldly ideas into the area. This presentation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Historic Zoar School House, located at 221 E. 4th St., Zoar, OH 44697. This program is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. https://historiczoarvillage.com/event/free-historic-zoar-speaker-series-9/

    December;

    Zoar, Ohio - Christmas in Zoar- December 2 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 5:00 pm
    Experience all the joy and cheer of the season during Christmas in Zoar. On Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, enjoy musical entertainment, a juried craft show, tour the village, and more. While in Zoar, makes sure to visit Belsnickle and Kristkind, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the village. On Saturday evening, attend a candlelight church service at the Historic Zoar Meeting House (Zoar United Church of Christ), followed by a tree lighting ceremony in the Historic Zoar Garden. Cost for Christmas in Zoar is $8/person and children 12 and under are FREE. Hours are Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 3 from noon - 5 p.m. https://historiczoarvillage.com/event/christmas-in-zoar-4/

    All other historic Zoar events https://historiczoarvillage.com/events/

    For a complete list of Ohio events and Festivals visit: http://ohiofestivals.net/2017-ohio-schedule

    For the complete list of Ohio & Erie Canalway Events http://ohioanderiecanalway.com/Main/Events.aspx

    If you know of an event along the Ohio & Erie canalway towpath trail that we missed, please let us know!

  • Fishing

    The Tuscarawas river is about 300 yards west of the Towpath Trail Snack Shack & Peace Park rest area at the Bolivar aqueduct McDonnell trail-head on the Stark-Tuscarawas county line.

    For all the scoop on getting a license and the regulations visit the Ohio Dept of Wildlife at URL: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishing/fishing-regulations/licenses

  • Hiking

    Did you know that the Snack Shack is located on both a section of the Buckeye Trail and also, the Ohio-Erie Canalways Towpath Trail? Both trails lead to the Snack Shack & Peace Park rest area!

    Here's a website link to the Tuscarawas county section of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail: http://www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/Main/TuscarawasCountyHiking.aspx

    Other Tuscarawas county Parks & Recreation Trails: http://www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us/park/hiking%20trails%20flyer.pdf

    Tuscarawas County Park Department HIKING TRAILS in TUSCARAWAS COUNTY:http://www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us/Park/Canal%20Lands.pdf

  • Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

    Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC)

     
    The Towpath Trail Snack Shack is pleased to introduce the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC). We are located on both the Buckeye Trail and the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Bolivar, Ohio of Tuscarawas county. Hike to the Towpath Trail Snack Shack for a hot dog of exotic sausage on your next trek ;)
  • 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. 

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.

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