Great Trail Corridor       

It was, and is, a great route to travel.

Down this footpath walked captives, armies, priests and scoundrels. Native feet pressed its soil for millennia.

The Great Trail Corridor summons the wild spirit of the First American West. We hope to soon see feet again walk this route, recalling the original adventure and respecting the legacy set down.

> Explore the stories of the Great Trail.

Map of the Gret Trail

Along this route, we're building a recreation and heritage area, to celebrate the tenacious frontiersmen and natives who fought this land. Goals include roadside interpretive markers, a bikepath, and a rustic footpath:

Sandy Beaver Rail-Trail

After foot-travelers came wagon-roads, a canal, and trains. Tomorrow, families will ride bikes and walk where trains and canal horses passed.

>Sandy-Beaver Canal Rail-Trail Guide (MS Word)
>Topo map and aerial photo (Terraserver)


North Country National Scenic Trail

Here passes the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4000 mile footpath linking northern Carroll County with communities and wilderness across America.

> View the detailed route from Zoar to NCY logothe state line.

> Read the Journal of Andrew Skurka, a cross-country hiker from Seekonk, MA. Andy hiked through Carroll County last February, and again this November. He took pictures.

Related Heritage Activities

Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama and Heritage Center Just opened in summer '04, the play and center celebrate this famous frontiersman.

Paul Green's Trumpet in the Land Stunning Outdoor Drama of 1770's Ohio adventure.

The White Savage A Second Outdoor drama of Simon Girty, called a traitor by Americans; fought for Virginia in Lord Dunmore's War; later led Indians against white border settlements.

Fort Laurens - Destination of the two armies which passed the Trail— and Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort.
Visitor Information
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Schoenbrunn Village Early settlement

Gnadenhutten Village - One of the earliest western settlements; 90 Christian Indians were massacred in their homes in 1782.

Fort Pitt Museum. The Forks of The Ohio anchored the eastern Great Trail; the struggle for power in the Ohio country centered there.


Draft Interpretive Markers

Roadside, or trailside, over 30 full color signs will tell the story.

Further markers will regale of the industrial pioneers who followed.


A Healthier Carroll County

Walking can greatly reduce health problems!

Come One, Come All!

The Great Trail Festival continues Aug. 26-27 and Sept 2, 3,4!
The Lost French Gold Festival returns to Minerva Sept. 16-17.
The Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous was held June 24-July 2, 2005. Visitors experienced life in a 1770's camp! Thanks guys!


250th Anniversary
of the
French and Indian War

Television Special

Events 2004-2005

What Happened?
1753 George Washington travels the trail from Pittsburgh to Logstown, and meets the Half King (Tanach-arison), leader of the Six Nations.
1754 French capture English fort at Pittsburgh point. The French will control Ohio from Ft. Duquesne for the next six years.
1763 18 year old James Smith captured by Indians, forced to run the gauntlet, and abducted over the trail.
  Chief Pontiac leads several Native tribes to capture nearly all English outposts, including Forts Sandusky, Miami, Presque Isle, and Venango. Traders and trappers flee over the Trail to the protection of Ft. Pitt.
  An Indian war party ambushes one such group led by trader Thomas Calhoun. Eight men are killed.
1764 1500 English soldiers and militiamen march along the trail against the Indians. They build a blockade house at Bolivar; then leave the trail to march south to Coshocton.
1775 Simon Girty and six others desert the American cause, leave Ft. Pitt, and flee over the trail to Ft. Detroit.
1778 1200 American Militiamen march against English & natives. They build Ft. Laurens at Bolivar.

For more information, contact Ed Jones