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 Nov. 14, 2014.

Hunting Season Trail and Park Closings
Hunting season will close some parks and trailheads because of nearby hunting areas. Closed locations will include the southern Towpath including Craig Pittman to Rt. 212 and Shepler Church with signs posted at the Aqueduct bridge and Riverland Ave., Whitacre Greer Park, and along the Mahoning Valley Trail in Alliance.

Youth Gun Season –11/22/14 to 11/23/14
Gun Season –12/01/14 to 12/07/14
Muzzleloader Season –1/02/15 to 1/05/15

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (western Stark County)
For a list of Canalway construction and closure alerts visit the
Ohio & Erie Canalway Trail Updates page. View the Towpath Trail map.

Hoover Trail and Middle Branch Trail
The portion between E. Maple St. and the North Canton YMCA Trailhead is permanently closed and will be relocated in the future. 

Asphalt paving in areas that are prone to flooding and erosion was recently completed on the Middle Branch Trail including the southern GlenOak Campus portion, both sides of the bridge near Gervasi, north of the bridge at Martindale Park, and a few areas on the Hoover Trail.

The paved areas will help crews repair the trail much faster and should eliminate many washout areas.  This is the best solution to maintain these areas and avoid frequent closings after severe weather and still benefit all types of trail users.

Molly Stark Park
Crews were busy this week installing the paths in the first phase of the new gardens. Planting is scheduled to start tomorrow for the donated plant material and will continue as our other plant material becomes available this fall.