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The 4.5-mile Mahoning Valley Trail snakes its way south from the Deer Creek Reservoir to the City of Alliance. The reservoir is a popular amenity for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and bird-and-wildlife watching, and also acts as the northern trailhead for the MVT. The crushed limestone trail peels off from the parking lot, through the woods and along the water's edge, and across a bridge over a 260-ft bridge over the spillway to Greenbrower Road. Here trail users have to travel on-road for 0.83 miles to Rockhill Avenue. The separated path begins again, criss-crossing Rockhill Avenue and cutting through hardwood forest. Trail users then use the underpass, a 100-foot boardwalk, to get safely across State Route 225 and the reach the trail's conclusion at Gatskill Drive.
The trail may not be wheelchair accessible as there are slopes exceeding 5%. A pilot program that began in January 2019, allows use of Class 1 e-bikes on multi-use trails (asphalt and limestone surface).
For an out-and-back trip, park your vehicle at Deer Creek Reservoir (14514 Price St NE, Alliance). The trail begins at the parking lot near the boat launch.
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