Mahoning Valley Trail

Ohio

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Mahoning Valley Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Stark
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: Deer Creek Rervoir (Price St.) and Gaskill Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10823003
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Mahoning Valley Trail Description

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). 

Parking and Trail Access

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. 

Mahoning Valley Trail Reviews

I enjoyed riding this short 4.5 mile trail. I started at Deer Creek Reservoir and headed south. The trailhead is across the parking lot from the boat launch. The trail follows the shore of the reservoir and crosses over a bridge at the spillway. The bridge and spillway seem to be a point of interest for all using the trail. You must road ride for about 9/10ths of a mile in order to pick up the southern portion of the trail. This southern section follows the twists and turns of the Mahoning River as it makes its way into Alliance, Ohio. The crushed stone surface along this portion of the trail is not as well maintained as that of the trail along the reservoir. In all likelihood this probably due to local flooding, though the trail surface on the day I rode this trail was completely dry and free from any mud. Biking along this portion along the river probably is better suited for bikes with slightly wider tires than a standard street bike, but not necessarily anything too wide. The southern end finishes at the athletic fields in Earley Hill Park in Alliance. This trail will be well shaded during the summer.

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