Hiking

Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail Park

Enjoy 26 miles of the iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Stark Parks! Begin your hiking or biking adventure at any one of the 14 trailheads. The shady, flat terrain parallels the Tuscarawas River through deciduous forests and rural and urban landscapes. Stop for a picnic at Lock 4, Lake Ave., John Glenn […]

Cook’s Lagoon and Trail

Fish, picnic, and relax at this small natural retreat in the midst of Canton’s urban landscape. Cook’s Lagoon Park features a small fishing pond fed by the Middle Branch of the Nimishillen Creek, picnic tables, and a short loop trail.  Cook’s Lagoon has been adopted by the Silo Arts and Meadow Studio.  The group sponsors cleanup projects throughout the year. […]

Deer Creek Reservoir

Immerse yourself in nature as you explore this 334-acre reservoir nestled among nearly 1,000 acres of forest. Tucked into the northeast corner of Stark County, Deer Creek Reservoir is a rustic oasis for fishing, boating, bird watching, and picnicking. Impressive trees create a canopy over popular fishing nooks and a spacious picnic area right on […]

Devonshire Park and Trail

Search for wildlife and relax while fishing the pond in this 77-acre pocket of nature near a suburban neighborhood in Jackson Twp. Explore the mowed nature trail through grasslands and conservation zones. Devonshire Park also serves as a headwater to Sippo Creek and features a small wetland. Devonshire Park has been adopted by the Kiwanis […]

Esmont Park and Trail

Connect with nature as you stroll under a canopy of silver maples on a natural surface loop trail through Esmont Park’s 15 wooded acres along the the Nimishillen Creek. This park honors the memory of Frank Esmont, and was gifted to Stark Parks by his daughter Sue Esmont Barclay. Frank Esmont was one of eight […]

Fichtner Park and Trail

Stop by to enjoy hiking, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing! With a wooded hiking trail, a fishing pond, and a wetland, the 13-acre Fichtner Park is a surprisingly secluded natural getaway right in the midst of Hartville’s shopping, dining, and small-town charm. Once part of a small Mennonite muck farm, this park now honors the […]

Fry Family Park

This 360-acre property has beautiful rolling topography with a mixture of grasslands, hardwood forests, a pond, wetlands, and significant stream and wooded riparian corridor.  It provides habitat for an array of songbirds, game birds, raptors, and small mammals.  A catch and release fishing pond is a .30 mile walk from the parking area next to […]

Hoover Trail

Get your exercise and some fresh air on this suburban 5.40 mile trail connecting Washington Square, Walsh University’s Hoover Park, North Canton’s baseball fields, Hoover High School, and the Hoover District. Hike, bike, walk, run, or jog on the mostly limestone trail, reinforced with asphalt in a few spots. Surrounding natural areas provide ideal habitat […]

Iron Horse Trail

Get in a few miles of hiking or biking on the 4.58 mile Iron Horse Trail! This former railroad right-of-way once connected Alliance to Minerva. The limestone surface trail begins at the First Christian Church (FCC)  and continues south to Cenfield St.  A northern connection from the FCC Trailhead uses an on-road route through a neighborhood to […]

Mahoning Valley Trail

Begin at Deer Creek Reservoir or Gaskill St. and use a 260-foot free span bridge to cross a spillway, a 100-foot boardwalk under Rt. 225, and an on-road section using Greenbower St. and Rockhill Ave.  Future plans will connect the trail south through downtown Alliance to the Iron Horse Trail. This 4.46 mile scenic trail offers […]