I seem to make about a yearly trip to the Bolivar area, to either run on the Zoar Valley Trail or explore Camp Tuscazoar. I was last at Camp Tuscazoar in 2012. There have been two new FB Groups on the Camp Tuscazoar area, where I learned new mountain bike trails had been carved.
Having a haircut in the area, I headed to Camp Tuscazoar afterwards. Thanks to a great new map online, I decided to follow the mountain bike, hop on the Zoar Valley Trail, and see if the Dover Dam construction had been completed since my last visit.
The new haircut, before starting. I decided to just follow the mountain bike trail around.
Speaking of signage, these trails are great. The last time I wandered around Camp Tuscazoar, it was more by 'accident' that I found my way up to Pioneer Point. Now there are signs!
I took the right here, to wander down to the ZVT, the Zoar Valley Trail. Actually, what I believe is the ZVT is closer to the river, but this little jeep road takes you to the Dover Dam.
I bypassed the Roost Trail to continue down to the Dover Dam, just about a 1/4 mile down the road.
I watched my mileage, then bushwhacked up the hill, which puts me on the same jeep road I was on. Now I was going to follow the mountain bike trail to the "Roost".
There was a little climb here up to the Ridge, where I ended up right above the Dover Dam!
Very nice trail. Nice singletrack to run on. I will be back here again, to run.
I took the "Iron Mine" Trail which was a great downhill descent. I didn't see the wall, but I was busy admiring the trail and woods through here.
"After establishing the community of Zoar in 1817-1818, the German separatists began mining iron in the surrounding hills to provide income for the community. One such mine was located on the present camp property. A technique known as kidney mining, an early form of strip mining, was used to uncover the raw iron ore. The soil was stripped away to reveal the ore beneath. Signs of this activity can still be seen along the northern side of the horseshoe trail from Buzzard’s Roost."
I kept encountering various cabins and structures on my run. This was a memorable one. It turns out this was "Troop Five" Cabin.
The original Troop 5 cabin was built in 1920 on a terrace above a small spring known as Gist’s Spring near Old Campsite. The cabin was disassembled and moved to its present site in 1933. Troop 5 Cabin is constructed almost entirely of wood from Camp Tuscazoar and resembles the log cabins at nearby Schoenbrunn. It is the oldest cabin at Camp Tuscazoar.
This vintage Smokey The Bear was on the inside of the door. It still holds true!
This is a cool place to run. I was able to get about ten miles in with just repeating less than one mile of trail. Running down to the Zoar Valley Trail can extend mileage. The best thing is, this is about 40 minutes from home, new trails to run on!