Rain, thunderstorms, and flooding can be hard on the trails. Visitors are encouraged to check for updates before their visit and to follow all posted trail and parking area closing signs. For safety reasons, trails are closed to all users while trail crews are using equipment to complete repairs and maintenance. The following list reflects the most up to date trail closings and construction projects as of Aug. 26, 2015.
Iron Horse Trail
The trail will be transitioning to a limestone surface between the First Christian Church Trailhead and Beech St. and will be closed the week of Aug. 24.
Middle Branch Trail
A few soft spots on the GlenOak Loop will be worked on during the next week.
Sippo Lake Park (Cottonwood Trail)
The west end of the Cottonwood Trail is closed for two weeks while crews prepare to connect local storm drainage to the Cottonwood wetland. Trail users can go out and back but not make the full loop.
Sippo Valley Trail
Maintenance of the Sippo Valley Trail officially transferred to Stark Parks at the end of June. Since then trail crews have mowed, trimmed brush back, and resurfaced the limestone trail portions along the Sippo Valley Trail in Stark County. Signage, trail bollards, and trash/recycling cans will be placed and installed over the next few months. Parking areas were improved at Bison St. and Alabama Ave.
We will continue to evaluate trail width and parking areas for user safety. While equestrian usage is not encouraged until a master plan is developed, all horses should use the berm to the side of the limestone sections between Deermont Ave. and Deerfield Ave. Just under 8 miles of the Sippo Valley Trail connects to the Towpath Trail in Massillon and continues west into Wayne County, ending in Dalton.
A community meeting to discuss and share Sippo Valley Trail plans will be planned for later this year. We urge anyone interested in attending to Email information"at"starkparks.com to receive updates.
Whitacre Greer Park
The park will be closed on October 11, 2015 for a private event.