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.