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 Jan. 18, 2017.
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (western Stark County)
The entire Towpath Trail is open with temporary repairs made. More permanent repairs will be in progress as weather permits.
Hoover Trail Update (North Canton)
The portion next to Starbucks will be temporarily closed due to nearby construction. The trail will remain accessible north and west of Washington Square. The Middle Branch Trail, directly east of Hoover Trail, will remain open.
Mahoning Valley Trail (Alliance)
The trail from Rockhill Ave. to Gaskill St. is open again after recent flooding. More permanent repairs will be in progress as weather permits.
Middle Branch Trail (Plain Twp. and City of Canton)
Flooding from the Nimishillen Creek has closed the trail between Rt. 62 and north of Martindale Park.
Sippo Valley Trail (western Stark County)
Maintenance of the Sippo Valley Trail officially transferred to Stark Parks at the end of June 2015. 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. and a new parking area was constructed at Skyland 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.