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Sunny Day's

By little darby in September, 2014

Sunny Day's are here again. The bike ride has as much sun as shade. Good level ride in early Spring or late Fall. Dalton has nice places to stop for refreshments before returning on same trail.

A really fine trail

By bkuenzli in February, 2014

I have ridden most of the trail as a side trip while riding the Towpath. Scenic and fairly flat. Features Woods and farms. Some houses as well. Good surface. It seems like it is subtly uphill the whole length west, but its subtly downhill getting back to theTowpath. :-)

Bring water with you.

If it wasn't for the towpath, this would probably get more pub.

Great Trail

By wci biking division in August, 2013

The Wayne County Impact (Biking Division) is very happy that the bridge has been replaced. The WCIBD ranked this trail #3 on our "Most Outstanding Rail Trail" list. The bridge being out for years was an inconvienence but now that it has been replaced this trail is back as one of the best in NE Ohio! Check it out!!

Bridge Replaced

By Dayseeker in June, 2012

A ride on trail completed June 26, 2012 reveals that the burned down bridge reported by previous trail users has been replaced. The replacement bridge is located just east of Lincoln Park, slightly east of mile marker 1.5.

Directions to trail

By clarence43232 in August, 2011

The directions to the trail say we should turn left on Main St. in Dalton, coming from US 30 and on OH 94. Sorry, that is incorrect--I found that out on August 27 when I attempted to start from Dalton since the trail does not go far from Massillon's Bottoms Park due to bridge out. When you turn north on OH 94 to Dalton, turn RIGHT on Main St. and then right to the parking lot.

This trail has steady grades uphill either way, so you get the break back down whether you start in Massillon (at 17th St) or in Dalton.

bathrooms and benches, and possible extension?

By blazingtrails in April, 2011

Sorry guys but only having restrooms at Bottoms and Lincoln Park and then nothing again until all the way to Village Green Park in Dalton just doesn't cut it. Please look into either placing Portajons every so often along the trail or building a facility like the ones at Lincoln Park or Village green park I would suggest perhaps somewhere between Manchester and Deerfield Roads, that would seem to be about half way between Lincoln Park and Village Green Park.

Second, I would like to see more benches installed especially west of Bison.

Last but not least, I've noticed Last time I was out by the Dalton Section when the trail starts to curve around that plant in Dalton it takes a sharp turn North then makes another sharp turn South, but the pavement continues on about say 20 feet or so north then is blocked off, Is there ever going to be an extension?

A relatively undiscovered trail in NE Ohio

By tombilcze in August, 2010

I live in NE Ohio and have ridden most of the local rail trails. This trail had been on my radar this year to cycle. I set out on what promised to be a hot sunny summer Sunday morning from the Dalton trailhead. I was uncertain of the location of this trailhead but found it easily. It is 1 block south of Main Street on Freed Street and begins in the small village park.

The trail headed north on Freed Street and then began as a trail at the sewage treatment plant. Why do rail trails always have to pass by sewage treatment plants? The trail headed east through a very shady tree canopy for about 3 miles. It was asphalt paved and in relatively good shape. The next 3 were through mostly open farmlands with some shade now and then. The trail surface changed to crushed stone as it entered Stark County and was a mixture of rough and smooth spots. Nearing Massillon, the trail returned to asphalt and was more shaded for the final 3 miles. As mentioned in a prior post, the trail abruptly ends just past Lincoln Park at a burned out bridge.

The trail is definitely worth the ride. There is ample parking at Lincoln Park in Massillon or the village park in Dalton. What are lacking are restrooms along the trail. There was no evidence of running water either. The trail passes through a rural area with a lot of farms which are very scenic. However, there are no convenience stores or restaurants along the way to grab a bite to eat or a drink. The Stark Park District has an opportunity to improve the middle 3 miles of this trail by paving it or at least leveling the grade. When the bridge is replaced, the trail offers a nice trailhead in Massillon near dining and connecting to the popular Towpath Trail. Let’s hope this effort gets underway soon.

Some misinformation

By mrspinney in August, 2010

I set out to ride this trail in April 2010. I got the directions from a book on Ohio Bike Trails and thought it would be a nice change from the Towpath through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I drove to Massillon and tried to start riding at the Bottoms Park entrance. I unloaded my bike and proceeded to try to ride the first 2 miles only to discover that the bridge between 7th and 19th Street has been burned down. So I had to turn around and go back to Bottoms Park. An elderly gentleman walking his dog explained that the bridge was burned down by 3 teenagers about 3 years ago and has not been repaired. There used to be barricades up showing that you cannot get through towards Dalton, but someone (probably teenagers) keeps tearing them down. He said I should go back out and drive to 17th Street and start riding there. I thought I would use the restrooms at Bottoms Park but soon discovered that they were locked and had a great amount of graffiti on them. So I drove on up to 17th Street and found a nice parking lot with adequate restrooms across the street. Once I got to the trail it was nice. However, there are many major roads to cross and it seemed like I spent more time crossing streets than riding. Once I got into Dalton, the trail just ended and I turned around and rode back. For a short, easy ride, this trail is fine. But I would caution anyone taking children on it because of the roads you have to cross while riding.

Great little Trail

By brandt.smith in May, 2010

This is one of my favorites. It gives you a little bit of everything. Small town riding (Dalton), then goes to crushed limestone riding in the farmlands, and finally you get to the busy City of Massilon. Plenty to see on this trail. One thing that's a huge bummer is the burnt bridge right before you finish is Massilon. I guess it's been burnt for a while (arson). HOWEVER, this is a makeshift path that cross the creek and bypasses the bridge.

Sippo valley

By lj8576 in July, 2009

I just bought a bike because I need the exercise. I am a couch potato, so I took my bike to this trail and it was awesome. Nice scenery, plenty of shade it was great. I will definately go there often. I cant wait to get a seat for the bike and bring my kids there.

Sippo Valley Trail

By Workman in July, 2009

Parking for the Sippo Valley Trail is at the Village Green Park on Freet St. not at the Buckeye Feed plant. Also the trail bridge between Lincoln Park on 17th St in Massillon and the Bottoms Park on 6Th St. in Massillon was vandalized and burned in the fall of 2008 and is closed. There is no estimate of when Massillon might have funds available to install a new bridge. To connect with the Towpath Trail in Massillon, (since this bridge is out), you can go south on 17th St and east on Lincolnway to the connector, or north on 17th St to Cherry St and east to the Towpath. Report posted 7-1-09

Incorrect directions...

By linus2670 in June, 2009

When arriving in town, you need to turn RIGHT onto Main street NOT left! We quickly realized the error in the original directions when we drove approx. a 1/2 mile and found no Freet St. !

Other than that, we enjoyed our ride and the shade was awesome! Our 3 year old also loved to play at the park when we were finished!

Lovely country trail

By soaringhawks in May, 2008

The Sippo Valley trail is just as described: a peaceful, scenic trail passing small farms with cows and following a little creek. It's a great extension westward for bikers riding the Ohio Erie Canal trail. From the traillhead in Dalton (just south of East Main on N. Freet St.) it's not real obvious where the trail begins; just follow N. Freet to the Buckeye Pet Food plant-- the trail begins there. There is a lot of shade on the trail, and where it passes marshland near Dalton there are a lot of birds. In Massillon, follow signs to the Ohio Erie Canal trail. If you're heading north, you'll cross a big viaduct, then follow U.S. 21 a short distance until the Ohio Erie Canal trail becomes quiet and wooded along the old canal. Or, follow signs to pick up this trail going south.