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Constructed in 1983 with the help of donations from the Stavich Family and local individuals, the Stavich Trail is unusual in several ways. First, unlike most rail-trails, it was built on an interurban electric railroad right-of-way: the Penn–Ohio trolley line, which fell into disuse in 1933. Because interurban railroads were not built to the stringent standards of conventional railroads, you'll encounter more hills than you might on other rail-trails (the most notable bewteen mileposts 5 and7, with the peak around milepost 6).
The Stavich's second notable feature is that it is among the growing number of rail-trails in the country that connects two states. This gently rolling trail takes you from near New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Struthers, Ohio.
Running along the Mahoning River, this mostly rural, paved trail is great for bicycling, inline skating, and walking and is accessible for persons with disabilities. This is also a rail-with-trail, which shares the right-of-way with an active CSX rail line for part of the trail's route.
Recent detailed research from RTC suggests rail-with-trails, which are growing in popularity around the country, offer communities both safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation options. The U.S. Department of the Interior named the Stavich Bicycle Trail a National Recreation Trail in 2003.
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