One of three hiking trails I weekly walk is the Zoar Valley Trail, part of the Ohio and Erie Canal Tow Path corridor. The trailhead I use begins near the Historic Village of Zoar and accommodates hikers, bike and equestrian traffic. The river increasingly is used as a recreational waterway. Eventually this trail which begins near Cleveland, travels through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and 4 county park systems will reach the Ohio River following the old canal route. The portion I routinely walk has served as canal, fish hatchery and a sawmill trace. It has been nicely repurposed , which is the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of the week.
Zoar Valley Trail
Step up to walking bridge over the Tuscarawas River to the Village of zoar
Ohio and Erie Canal 83 mile marker. Old foundations in the background.
Remains of Old Saw mill that used part of the canal.
Signs on State Route 212 near the restored historic village of Zoar.
My Friday Friend is this song sparrow spotted on the frozen waters of the old Erie Canal bed on the Zoar Valley Trail. I can’t help but think he’s chirping to the tune to Frozen.
Snapper Venturing Out to Lay Eggs
Looking for something spare this week for the weekly photo challenge. This snapping turtle came up out of the old canal bed (Zoar Valley Trail, Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail) looking for some soft ground to lay her eggs. Her toupee was not fooling me.