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 Dec. 28, 2015.

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (western Stark County)
Nearly all areas of the Towpath Trail are closed due to flooding from recent rain storms.
For a list of Canalway construction and closure alerts visit the
Ohio & Erie Canalway Trail Updates page. View the Towpath Trail map.

Hunting Season
Hunting season will be in progress on Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2015, and Jan. 9 to Jan. 12, 2016.  Hunting licenses are required.
  Trail closures are necessary because of hunting on private property adjacent to the trail.  Trails that are affected include:

  • Southern portions of the Towpath Trail including Craig Pittman, Riverland Ave., Canal Bend (Rt. 212), and Shepler Church crossing to the Aqueduct Bridge
  • The entire Mahoning Valley Trail in Alliance

  • Whitacre Greer Park is closed and is hunting by permission only

Hunting is permitted at designated areas of Walborn and Deer Creek Reservoirs with the following rules. Deer hunting with a firearm is not permitted at Walborn Reservoir.  Waterfowl hunting between Price and Marlboro Ave is from designated duck blinds only. 

View the hunting zone map for Walborn and Deer Creek Reservoirs.

Reserve a duck blind at Walborn Reservoir


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.