You may have noticed recent trail closures along the Towpath Trail in Massillon, just south of our Lake Avenue store. Unfortunately, no good, safe detour exists to get around the current closures if you wish to continue south on the Towpath. But you do have other options!

Below, we've provided our suggested route through town to get from the Lake Avenue Trailhead, where the closure begins, to the Sippo Valley Trail, a good alternative if you're riding south and want to keep the fun going. This is also the route you'll want to use if you're riding the Ohio to Erie Trail.

If you'd like to explore the southern end of the Towpath from Navarre to Zoar, we recommend parking at the John Glenn Grove on Warmington Road and heading 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 November 2022.


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


Please exercise caution, especially when riding on roads!

If you're traveling south on the Towpath:

  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. On the other side of the river, turn left and follow the path BENEATH the Tremont Bridge. You're now on the Sippo Trail!

If you're traveling east on the Sippo Trail/OTET:

  1. At the Tremont Bridge in Massillon, follow the signs to cross 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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