This scenic 20-mile trail provides hikers with a variety of historical sites and changes in terrain from rolling hills to level paths. The trail is anchored at the southern end by the village of Schoenbrunn in New Philadelphia and on the north by Fort Laurens in Bolivar.
Schoenbrunn, founded in 1772 as a Moravian mission among the Delaware Indians, was the first Christian settlement in Ohio. Although the village prospered for several years, pressures from encroaching settlers and British-aligned Indians forced the abandonment of Schoenbrunn in 1777, shortly after the start of the Revolutionary War.
Leave Schoenbrunn and follow
Turn right onto University Drive and proceed east
I did not park or start at Schoenbrunn Village, as it closes at 5 pm. I parked at the Buckeye Career Center, on University Drive, and started from there. About 1.5 miles from Schoenbrunn.
About one mile or so, you are out of the houses area.
2.5 Cemetery/Junction of TR 312 and TR 306 (Ridge Road)
Turn left onto Ridge Road heading northwest
3.6 Pass through intersection of Ridge Rd. and TR 313--continue west
What I love about running: the things that you see. I would have never seen this sign, painted on the barn if I was driving along. They do indeed have a beautiful vista. My picture does not do it justice.
5.9 Leave Ridge Rd./Follow Dawn Drive northwest to SR 39
Dawn Drive is just a very short (1/4 mile or so) connector to State Route 39. Then you are on SR 39 about fifty feet.
6.3 Turn right onto SR 39 and head east to Hillandale Road
This is about a 1/4 mile. Look for the bridge.
6.5 Turn right and head east on old railroad bed
You are on the old railroad bed for about a 1/2 mile.
7.1 Turn left and head north on Pleasant Valley Rd. (TR314)
This was the start of the big hill. Then you run down the other side, into a nicely wooded section. Unfortunately, as I ran north, there was no berm at all, and a deep ditch as I ran facing traffic. I had to stop several times when cars came at me, hoping they would see me (I was wearing a bright yellow shirt). If I run this route north again, I would hop over to the other side of the road where there was room to step off the road.
9.4 Turn right and head northeast on Boy Scout Road
9.6 Turn left and head west on CR85.
10.2 Turn right and head north on old railroad bed
There~ I have connected the Trail!
Previous visits to the ZVT:
I have been contemplating which way to run the entire ZVT. The northern twelve miles is more trail. The first three or four miles is actually asphalt, then it gets a bit rougher. The northern end is very flat. The southern end is all road, but the only elevation would be in the last six miles.
Next on the agenda is to just get the run scheduled. It would probably be only about a 40 minute or less car ride from one end of the trail to the other, as there is easy highway access at both ends. I think I will want to get this run in before Uwharrie. It is not optimal for training for a trail 100, but it is a pleasant run and I won't get too bored on it!