This winter has been hard on the trails within Stark County. Given the current variable conditions, visitors are encouraged to check for updates before their visit and to follow all posted trail and parking area closing signs when visiting parks and trails. 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 April 16, 2014.
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (western Stark County)
The entire Towpath Trail is open, water may collect under bridges after rain showers. Watch for mud in these areas. The Towpath Trail between Walnut Rd. and Warmington Rd. in Massillon will be closed from April 16 to April 18 for construction work by the City of Massillon.
Mahoning Valley Trail (Alliance)
The Greenbower St. bridge was removed in 2013. Construction of the replacement bridge is anticipated for completion in 2014. The on-road trail connection using Greenbower Ave. to Rockhill Ave. will be closed for the duration of the project. There will not be a detour route.
Middle Branch Trail (Canton)
The City of Canton is working at the 55th St. crossing and we are requesting trail users to avoid the trail crossing during weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sippo Lake Trails (Canton/Massillon)
The Sippo Lake Trail between Tyner St. and Arrowbrook St. will be undergoing some trail surface repairs soon.
West Branch Trail
Trail repair work north of 38th St. is ongoing.