Iron Horse Trail (Alliance)

Ohio

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Iron Horse Trail (Alliance) Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Stark
Length: 3.9 miles
Trail end points: Clark Ave and State St and Cenfield St NE and Hartzell Ave NE
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10607630
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Cross Country Skiing

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Iron Horse Trail (Alliance) Description

The Iron Horse Trail runs along the corridor of a railroad that originally connected Alliance and Minerva. The north section runs from State St, across from the University of Mount Union, to the corner of Shunk Ave and Athletic Ct. The route then travels along residential streets to the main trailhead at the First Christian Church. The longer section of the Iron Horse Trail begins here and runs for 3 miles. The area around this section is mostly farmland, but the trail itself is covered by trees. At Bayton St, the trail passes a small pond. The Iron Horse Trail ends at Cenfield St, a small, rural road.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Iron Horse Trailhead at 1141 W Beech St, next to the First Christian Church.

Iron Horse Trail (Alliance) Reviews

Alliance, Ohio’s Iron Horse Trail is a nice flat crushed limestone trail that runs from the University of Mount Union south through a low traffic residential neighborhood (on road) and then connects to a rail trail that quickly gets into farmland and much more wild open space. There are a couple of 2 car parking lots/trailheads along the route, but signage along the trail suggests parking at the Trailhead at First Christian Church on Beech Street. This is probably because it has a much larger parking lot, bathrooms and a picnic pavilion. I started at the FCC trailhead and headed south first. I then rode back to FCC and then up into Alliance where the trail ends at the university's gates on Clark Avenue. This is a nice little trail that currently seems more popular with joggers and pedestrians rather than cyclists based on my observations during my ride. I think if the trail were to be extended further south beyond the current end at Cenfield Avenue, NW then more people might actually bike this trail.

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