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Berlin Lake Trail

A Nice Local Recreational Trail

May, 2019 by orangedoug

This is a nice short rail trail that services this community as another recreational opportunity. I would not call this a destination trail by any means. The surface is crushed limestone except for the concrete surface on the bridge that crosses over a passage in the lake. Most of the time you are surrounded by water on both your left and your right. Riding or walking this trail at dawn or twilight might give you better chances to encounter wildlife. There always seems to be people out on the lake boating or fishing when the weather is good. I did not encounter anyone else on the trail today, but previously I have shared the trail with runners and dog walkers.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Lot's of Greenery-May, 2019.

May, 2019 by vicki1960

Seems like overnight everything got green! Trail is well shaded and encircles Lake Wilhelm. All the restrooms are open. This state park also offers boat rentals. A great trail to enjoy time in the park.

Trout Island Trail

Lot's of pretty greenery!

May, 2019 by vicki1960

It's finally summer-like on the trail. Nice flat asphalt paved and well maintained by Mercer County Trails Association. Great for biking and running. Trail passes the Shenango Dam.

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Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

Short morning jog

May, 2019 by vicki1960

Short Sunday morning jog while traveling in the area. Nicely paved trail. Great for walking, running or biking.

MetroParks Bikeway

April 2019 Newly Constructed Detour

April, 2019 by vicki1960

Though the trail is closed at Kirk Road, there is a short detour which was newly constructed, and it's complete with road barriers.
At Kirk road, they are working on the trail under the Ohio turnpike. The detour takes you about a tenth of a mile West and there is a cement wall between the trail detour and traffic. Go under the turnpike and turn left onto the new asphalt paved temporary trail. Continue another 2/10 of a mile and it re-connects with the trail. This is a very safe detour.
Biked the entire length of this trail (10.6 miles, and back). Also biked on the connecting Niles Bikeway trail.

Allegheny River Trail

April, 2019 Ride

April, 2019 by vicki1960

Parked at the Saltbox in Franklin PA and biked to the Belmar Bridge and back, approx 5 miles. Parking area in Franklin holds a large number of cars. Also picnic area at the parking lot. Trail is flat and asphalt paved in very good condition. Trail follows the Allegheny River.
This trial seamlessly connects with the Samuel Justus Trail.

Brecksville Reservation All Purpose Trail

Not a Trail for Those Expecting a Flat Rail Trail

March, 2019 by orangedoug

There are actually two trails here, though, eventually they will probably fall under the name of Brecksville Reservation All Purpose Trail. First there is the Valley Parkway Connector Trail.

The Valley Parkway Connector Trail runs from the eastern edge of Mill Stream Run Reservation to the western edge of Brecksville Reservation. The Valley Parkway Connector Trail was the final and key link in connecting the Westside and Eastside Cleveland Metroparks. It truly connected the "Emerald Necklace" around Cleveland, OH and created about 70 miles of continuous off road trail (which includes approximately a 5 mile connection using the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.) This trail parallels the Ohio Turnpike for much of its route. You will pass under the turnpike and over Interstate 77 along the way. For a March Wednesday afternoon ride, the trail was not crowded, but it was moderately trafficked with cyclists and pedestrians. I can imagine that there will be a lot of people using this trail on the weekends particularly as the weather continues to warm up.

The other trail is the Brecksville All Purpose Trail. It is a beautiful tree shaded trail (or at least they will be once the leaves on the trees come out). Traveling east along either the Valley Parkway or Chippewa Creek Drive is easy as you descend into the depths of the Cuyahoga Valley. Heading west along either road presents some challenges with some steep climbs. Such climbs are not unusual in the Cleveland Metroparks but the two routes within the Brecksville Reservation may be among the longest and steepest on All Purpose Trails within the Cleveland Metropark Reservations.

Once you are in the valley if you head east on the trail along Chippewa Creek Drive you can connect to the Station Road Depot and Train Station for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The Cuyahoga River flows not 50 yards from the station and the tracks. Should you choose to cross the Station Road Bridge you can walk or cycle the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. On the Towpath you can travel north into downtown Cleveland or south to Akron and beyond. The Towpath Trail is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail cross-state route. Again, this is a popular destination and it attracts lots of visitors on the weekends. You might find fewer people on these trails late in the afternoon and evenings during the summer.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

March 2019 Ride

March, 2019 by vicki1960

Celebrated the first weekend of Spring! After a mild and practically snow-less Winter, the trail is in good condition. Biked the entire loop scoping out for an upcoming half-marathon. Saw some beaver chewed trees and several Eagles in different locations along the trail. Some of the restrooms are still closed from the Winter.

Shenango River Trail

Trail Under Construction

The Shenango Hiking Trail has recently been taken over by a new organization and they have lots of work ahead of them. As the other reviews say, the bridges need lots of work, and there are parts of the trail (especially between New Hamburg and Kidds Mill) that are impassible. It will take a few years, lots of money, and lots of hard work to get this trail up and running. If you are interested in doing trail maintenance or volunteering please email info@shenangoriverwatchers.org

If you would like to hike this trail you should definitely try the section between Big Bend and New Hamburg. The hanging bridge needs repaired, but can be bypassed if you are adventurous.

This trail is meant to be followed in a single file line, and was not intended for bikes, but some mountain bikers do still run it. The trail is also used by local equestrian clubs.

This trail tends to be very wet year round. Many locals suggest avoiding the trail during the summer months due to poison ivy! Unfortunately in Western PA there is little we can do to control the poison ivy especially in a natural setting. With our winters becoming more and more mild, poison ivy and tick populations are becoming even harder to control. Please be smart when hiking and always wear proper attire.

Bike and Hike Trail

Interesting and varied ride

March, 2019 by djfiler

While this trail is described as 34 miles, it is a 43 mile ride if you do the entire thing. It is a combination of rail trail, power line right of way, suburban streets and park trails. The street sections were unexpected but ok since there was pretty much zero traffic. You have to keep an eye out for tiny green bike trail signs along the way so as to not miss a turn. I managed to get off route a couple times and needed to use google maps and the PDF map of the trail to figure out where to go. That didn’t bother me since it was a good opportunity to get out of the saddle and drink water. More annoying were the frequent road crossings. Some were extremely busy and required use of a crosswalk button.

All this added up to a nice sense of adventure. I parked at the northern end on Alexandra road and did the lollipop counter clockwise. This worked nicely and I would recommend this trail to friends. Just be aware that this is not a typical rail trail. It requires a bit of navigational skill.

Ernst Bike Trail

Nice trail as always, however storm damage to a section

March, 2019 by vicki1960

Fall of 2018 a storm washed out a section of the trail, and bridge along the new section on the Beans Trailhead end of the trail. Recently a tree has fallen and taken out the railing of another bridge but you can cross the bridge. Refer to their Facebook page for updates on the progress. In the meantime, trail is clear from Beans Trailhead (Route 322) to Krider Road Trailhead (Route 19).

Western Reserve Greenway

Avoid the Warren end

February, 2019 by jpinoniemi

Ashtabula to the north side of Warren was great. I rode this trail twice last year. However, once you get into Warren, the trail winds through an urban setting on streets and sidewalks that aren't maintained. I rode the trail to the end and the bike path was littered with broken bottles and glass. I punctured a tire in Warren, but was able to change it and make it back to Ashtabula.

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