Stark Parks

5712 12th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708


Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm

You may have noticed recent trail closures along the Towpath Trail in Massillon, just south of our Lake Avenue store. These closures are shifting, but will fortunately affect only small portions of the Towpath at a time.

The closures are the result of an ongoing federal project to stabilize the levee along the Tuscarawas River. Built in 1951, the levee, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, protects downtown Massillon from flooding. River erosion has deteriorated the levee in recent years, and federal officials have allocated $22 million for its rehabilitation. The project is expected to be completed in November 2022.


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


Here are our suggestions for navigating the Towpath in Massillon while the levee project continues. Please exercise caution, especially when riding on roads.

If you're traveling south:

  1. Turn LEFT out of the Lake Ave Trailhead parking lot onto Lake Ave and go over the bridge.

  2. At the end of the road, turn LEFT onto Third St.

  3. In one mile, turn LEFT onto Cherry Rd.

  4. In 0.2 miles, turn RIGHT onto Erie St at the light. You will be crossing Rte 21, so please use caution!

  5. In 0.5 miles, turn RIGHT onto the sidewalk on the south side of Tremont Ave at the light.

  6. Continue 0.4 miles along the south sidewalk of Tremont Ave, across the bridge.

  7. Turn LEFT onto 5th St SE to get back onto the Towpath!

If you're traveling north:

  1. After turning onto the Tremont Ave sidewalk from 5th St SE, continue for 0.4 miles, all the way across the bridge.

  2. Turn LEFT at the Erie St traffic light.

  3. In 0.5 miles, turn LEFT onto Cherry St at the light.

  4. In 0.3 miles, turn RIGHT onto Third St. You will be crossing Rte 21, so please use caution! Third St will be the first right after crossing the highway.

  5. In one mile, turn RIGHT onto Lake Ave.

  6. Cross the bridge and hop back onto the Towpath, which runs along the Lake Avenue Trailhead parking lot.

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