North Country Trail

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Zoar Village was founded in 1817 in Northern Tuscarawas County, Ohio, near the Tuscarawas River by a group of 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. These Separatists thrived as a unique Society for more than 80 years, making Zoar Village one of American history's most successful communal settlements. Today, Zoar Village comprises approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to today.

The community of Yellow Springs is diverse with an authentic downtown with an eclectic assortment of shops, galleries and restaurants; recreational opportunities at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, John Bryan State Park, and the Little Miami Scenic Trail; and cultural activities within the village itself and at Antioch College.

Downtown Xenia Historic District was officially listed on the U.S. Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. With such milestones, Xenia is especially proud to share our new Trail Town status with our many trail-loving friends.

The City of Troy is a beautiful place for activity, recreation, and hiking. We are your hometown city with all of the things you remember. The old-fashioned downtown, the corner bicycle shop, and a place to get ice cream, the kind of city you would feel at home in as you travel the state. 

Indians found the St. Marys River to be an essential travel route. By portages of only six miles at high water and 26 at low water, they could travel from Lake Erie to the Gulf of Mexico. Before the construction of Grand Lake St. Marys, which drained about half of the river's watershed area, the river could handle the largest flat-bottom boats.

Spring Valley is a village in the state's southwestern portion, in Greene County, in the Caesar Creek section. It was built on a slope rising from the banks of the Little Miami River, benefiting from many natural springs in the area. It was founded in 1844 and was at the crossroads of two early transportation routes, the Cincinnati-Xenia Pike and the Little Miami Railroad, which allowed it to become established as an agricultural marketing and processing center for the area.

In Spencerville, the Miami and Erie Trail provides residents and visitors with opportunities for recreation and relaxation, whether enjoying a peaceful stroll along the canal towpath or embarking on a more adventurous biking excursion. The trail serves as a link between communities, connecting people with both the past and the present of this charming corner of Ohio.

Located in the heart of Wayne National Forest, Shawnee is surrounded by miles and miles of public land. Ohio’s only national forest boasts over 100,000 acres used for hiking trails, fishing sites, camping areas, horseback riding trails, birding areas, and ATV riding areas. As if that wasn’t enough, Shawnee is also only a quick trip away from Burr Oak State Park and Hocking Hills State Park, which claims over 2,500 acres of gorgeous waterfalls, trails, caves, and more. This proximity makes Shawnee ideal for a trip to nature, with something for everyone.

Piqua, Ohio, is located along Ohio’s Great Corridor, on the banks of the Great Miami River, and is home to many historical points of interest, a charming downtown, an impressive park system, and many other attractions and amenities.

Napoleon is a community of just over 9000 people located on the Maumee River, just a half-hour southwest of Toledo. As you trek through our area, it’s easy to transport yourself back hundreds of years and revisit the footsteps of Native Americans who called this land home.