- Find a Trail
- My TrailLink
- Explore Trails
- About Us
- Get Involved
The Middle Branch Trail follows the Middle Branch of Nimishillen Creek north-south through Stark County parks, with a couple of loops in between. This trail lies between the Hoover Park Connector Trail and the Pioneer Trail in northern Stark County, Ohio. The plan is to eventually connect to the West Branch Trail via the Pioneer Trail for a seamless ride.
The trail is crushed limestone and well maintained. It begins in Schreiber Park, runs along the railroad on the edge of Reifsnyder Park, then dips into the tangle of trees in Oak Park. The trail the crosses into Martindale Park, which has ample parking on Martindale Avenue. A branch of the trail reaches west into the residential neighborhoods near Gardendale Avenue. The rail-with-trail passes a vineyard, then loops around the perimeter of the Plainfield Township Veterans Park, and again around Glenoak High School and the county library.
The connection to the Hoover Trail requires taking the sidewalk or riding on-street on Rosedown Boulevard and Stone Crossing Street where the off-street section picks up again. A recently completed tunnel under Market Avenue takes trail users into Hoover Park and its trail.
There is currently a bridge replacement on the portion at Spangler street, but this should be completed by October 31, 2020.
The Martindale Park trailhead, (including water fountains and bathrooms) is located at 4053 Martindale Rd NE, Canton. Another trailhead is on 55th Street, just north of Gervasi Vineyard (5419 Johnnycake Ridge NE, Canton).
Additional parking can be found in Schreiber Park (Maple Avenue & Warrick Place), Plain Townships's Veterans Memorial Park (1714 Schneider St., Canton, 44721).
TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy
(a non-profit) and we need your support!