Primitive tent camping 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! Located on the historic Ohio-Erie Canal between the village of Bolivar Ballparks and the McDonnell trailheads on the towpath trail ten miles south of Canton, Ohio and 1.5 miles west of I-77 exit 93 on Scenic Byway Rt 212 in beautiful Tuscarawas County, Ohio. The Peace Park is designed for bikers, hikers, dog walkers and anyone else traveling thru to book a campsite even if anyone isn't available to meet and greet. Hipcampers and theDyrt campers, once booked may go to an available campsite and set up camp. Dog-friendly, handicapped accessible Porta-Jon with hand sanitizer shared electric for charging phones, pristine aquifer water tested annually, picnic tables, fire-pits, fireside benches, birds, butterflies, lightning bugs, wild turkey, deer, and other wildlife are often seen.
Staying at Towpath Trail Peace Park
Primitive Tent Sites
I came across the Towpath Trail Peace Park while looking for small places within an hour of home. With 4 primitive camping sites, Towpath Trail Peace Park is a charming roadside site within easy distance of Canton or Akron. It’s definitely geared for primitive camping with only one site available for trailers, or a small RV.
This might sound a little over-romantic, but for those who have ever dreamed about the great hiking pilgrimages in Europe, even the Appalachian trail here in the states, the towpath trail is Ohio’s answer for historically-rooted hiking. And sites like this, are the Midwest’s equivalent to the famous European stop-overs for through-hikers: a warm reception, great conversation, and a place to lay your head. Can’t beat the price either!
Joe, the site host, has his private residence on site, and he’s always ready to greet you with a conversation, and a quick game of ball with his golden retriever, Airbud :)
The historical significance of the site something most campers might be unaware of. The entire Bolivar area, the Erie canal, the towpath trail and even some of the nearby historical landmarks date back to the mid-18th century. Interesting fact: George Washington even mentions the area and some of his early writings as a surveyor.￼
The only potential downside is the traffic. Joe let me know that the train passes through more frequently than some campers prefer. Also, if you’re sensitive to road noise, you want to know that the road passes fairly closely to the campsites. But if you’re biking, hiking, or traveling through the area. This is one of the sites you’re probably gonna want to hit :)￼
Quick ￼tip: Learn about the history of the area before you camp. The property line is on one of the most significant places in Ohio history. You are literally camping 200 yards from where Native American wigwams used to stand. Pretty cool!