Much improved over 2015
We rode this trail for the first time this year the first week end in June, beginning in Dalton. The noticeable improvement is the fresh gravel on the Massillon half of the trail. Last year, it was rutted and tough to make the uphill grade. Now smoothed out with fresh stone. At the Massillon terminus, the trail and road are closed due to construction, and we, like the other riders we encountered, opted to skip the last few blocks rather than chance the traffic and loose stones on the detour streets. One of the more delightful trails in the area, plenty of scenic stretches and good shade along the route, well kept up. We usually ride this one three times a summer, always a fun trip.
Headed out this morning for a nice ride. Left from 17th st trailhead in Massillon heading west. Other than the transitions over the bridges, very nice, smooth, fast ride. On a road bike, the trail becomes a little more challenging due to the crushed limestone surface. Also, due to some recent severe weather, there are many places where the trail is muddy and washed out. Had to abandon ship at Manchester road and weave my way back on some back roads until I was able to pick the asphalt back up and headed back into Massillon. Considering the weather recently, the trail is in pretty good shape. However, it is in desperate need of a good load of new limestone VERY soon. Good ride, if you're on your road bike, plan on avoiding the limestone sections and just take to the roads. Mountain and hybrids should have no issues at all.
Excellent morning ride
Began at the Dalton trail head, effortless to find thanks to previous postings. Surprised to find an empty parking lot on one of the first warm and sunny mornings of the season. The first two miles are in excellent condition, smooth riding all of the way. As related in other posts, once the Stark County segment begins, it is crushed stone surfaced. The next mile or so is in good condition, and then the gravel path deteriorates somewhat, making for a bumpy ride for about a mile. Not too bad heading east, down slope. Coming back, the up slope run got a bit difficult with the loose, larger gravel making it a chore to pedal through. Not dangerous, just rough. Didn't help riding into the wind blowing from the west. The whole rest of the trail was uncrowded, scenic and made it a great day to be out. As posted previously, the gravel ends and pavement resumes as you approach Massillon. One note of caution when on the last mile in Massillon is that the city streets are in rough shape with a lot of loose gravel on the paved surfaces in places. First rest room availability we found was a portajon at Lincoln Park in Massillon. Nothing before that, so plan ahead.
Although listed at 9.5 miles, the mile-post distance and the distance on the gps were both 10.5 miles. So pack your water, beware the occasional horse apple, and enjoy this trail.