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You may have noticed recent trail closures along the Towpath Trail in Massillon. Reopening day is just around the corner, but here's what you need to know in the meantime:

The trail is currently open heading north from Tremont Ave in Massillon, but remains closed between Tremont and Warmington Rd. Unfortunately, no safe detour exists if you wish to continue south from Tremont on the Towpath. But you do have some good alternatives.


  1. At Tremont Ave, you can pick up the 11-mile Sippo Valley Trail and head west toward Dalton. (See the connector map below.) This is also the route you'll want to use if you're riding the Ohio to Erie Trail.

  2. Or, to explore the Towpath from Navarre to Zoar, park at John Glenn Grove on Warmington Road and head south from there.

The closures are the result of an ongoing federal project to stabilize the levee along the Tuscarawas River. Built in 1951, the levee protects downtown Massillon from flooding. River erosion has deteriorated the levee in recent years, and federal officials have allocated $22 million for its rehabilitation (and improvements to the Towpath in the process!). The project is expected to be completed in June 2023.


Our Massillon shop is located right along the Towpath at the Lake Ave Trailhead in Massillon. Stop in if you'd like guidance, advice, maps, or an encouraging ice cream.


If you'd like more information on this and future Towpath closures, please contact:

Stark Parks

5712 12th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708


Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm


The Sippo Trail starts underneath the Tremont Bridge in Massillon and heads west.

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