Steel Mill Trail

Ohio

Steel Mill Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Lorain
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Days Dam Picnic Area at 31st St. nr. Norfolk Ave. and Colorado Avenue
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6264394
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Steel Mill Trail Description

The Steel Mill Trail is a 2-mile continuation of the Bridgeway Trail, which lies within the Black River Reservation, a scenic wooded park in Lorain. The Steel Mill Trail picks up at the north end of the Bridgeway Trail by the Days Dam Picnic Area and continues north through the old slag fields left behind from the U.S. Steel Mill. The trail carries on to Colorado Avenue, crossing the Black River and French Creek.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at Black River Reservation off 31st Street just west of the river. You can also park at the northern terminus off Colorado Avenue.

Steel Mill Trail Reviews

The Steel Mill Trail is actually the northern extension of the Bridgeway Trail that runs from the Day's Dam picnic area located in E. 31st Street 41-26.569N and 082-06.492W up to Colorado Avenue at 41-27.698N and 082-07.392 W. There is paved parking at each end of this short trail although the parking lot at Day's Dam is considerably nicer and well-maintained while the parking lot on Colorado Avenue appears to be a park at your own risk lot.

Starting at Day's Dam lot, cross E. 31st Street and follow the trail north through a short patch of woods until you emerge within view of the US Steel plant. The trail then crosses Black River on the first of two bridges and runs between the river and US Steels slag fields where mountains of steelmaking slag are dumped. Continuing north, the trail crosses another nice bridge, ducks into the woods where there is a nice observation area of the river, and finally emerges on Colorado Avenue near a small marina and paved parking area. Round trip from Day's Dam to Colorado Avenue and back is 4.25 miles.

While I would not consider this to be a scenic trail by any means, it is a nice ride and would appeal especially to those interested in the steel industry. Steelmaking IS interesting to me so I actually enjoyed seeing this area.

In my opinion, I would ride this trail only in conjunction with the far more scenic Bridgeway Trail. That is, if I was going to park at Day's Dam to ride a trail, then I'd prefer to ride south along woods and rivers than north along slag heaps...but I'd ride north to extend my ride.

See my review of the Bridgeway Trail for greater elaboration. I'll post some pictures for you.

The trail is very well maintained for all activities listed. My wife rides the trail while I typically run it. We enjoy it because it offers the challenge of rolling areas, so the hills make the 2 mile trial a nice 4 mile round trip workout. The 2 high bridges over the river are a favorite feature of mine and they seem very well maintained. The trail takes you through approx 1/2 mile of shaded woods on each end of the trail with approx 1 mile of open trail in the middle (between the bridges), all nicely paved of course. We suggest starting and ending at the Days Dam area as there is plenty of parking and easy trail access, which is not the case at the Colorado Ave. end of the trail. ENJOY!!

TnT

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