Rain, thunderstorms, and flooding can be hard on trails. Visitors are encouraged to check for updates before their visit and to follow all posted trail and parking area closing signs. For safety reasons, trails are closed to all users while trail crews are using equipment to complete repairs and maintenance. The following list reflects the most up to date trail closings and construction projects as of Aug. 31, 2017.
Status Alert: Bridge Closed to Wetland Trails
The bridge to the Wetland Trail from the Sippo Lake Trail is under construction. A marked detour route uses the western bridge behind the playground.
Status Alert: Mahoning Rd. Construction
Road construction will require one of the driveways to Cook's Lagoon Park to be closed until further notice. The park sign has also been temporarily removed during the work.
Status Alert: Park is Now Open
Fry Family Park opened on Aug. 26, 2017 and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Four miles of natural surface trails are available for hiking. Pets on a leash are permitted. The fishing pond is catch and release only. Rentals of the picnic shelter and limited reservations of the barn will begin in Spring 2018. Future work includes the renovation of the Fry home as a visitor center and installation of a parking lot.
Status Alert: New Trail Under Construction
The 4th phase of the Hoover Trail project will construct a hiking and biking trail from the Kent State and Stark State campuses using the south side of the Dressler Rd./Hall of Fame bridge connecting to Price Park in North Canton. Construction should be complete by fall 2017. Future plans include extending the trail on the road from Price Park to the North Canton YMCA.
Status Alert: Waterfowl Hunting Blinds Not Available in Fall 2017
2017 Duck Blinds at Walborn Reservoir: The waterfowl blind lottery scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 and blind reservations will not be available in 2017 due to low water levels at Walborn Reservoir. Open hunting will be permitted, but since the blinds are not currently surrounded by water, it will be strictly open hunting with no blinds provided. Waterfowl hunters wishing to hunt on the main body of the reservoir (between Price St. and Reeder Ave.) must hunt near a currently existing blind location. Hunters must sign in before launching at the check-in station located near the marina front window. This will also show what locations are currently available and prevent crowding of other hunters. Hunt locations cannot be reserved. Sign-in is strictly first come, first serve. **Hunting on Walborn Reservoir will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays** The boat launch located near the Eagle Observation Area off Marlboro Ave. is also closed to boats due to low water. Canoes and kayaks may access the hunting locations. Low water and mud will make launching difficult. Please call the Natural Resources Dept. at 330.933.0020 with any questions.
Status Alert: 12th St. Closing for Road Construction
A bridge replacement project on 12th St. NW will impact traveling the West Branch Trail beginning May 22, 2017. Expect delays, detours, and trail closures while construction is in progress. A bridge under 12th St. is included in the project.
Status Alert: High Mill Bridge Work and Navarre Construction
Expect occasional closures north of Wooster St. in Navarre until further notice for a construction project next to the trail. We are working with the contractor and Village of Navarre to have the trail open on weekends and evenings during the summer season. Varying trail conditions should be expected until after the trail reopens. Please use caution and be aware of construction equipment in the area. The High Mill Bridge over the Tuscarawas River will be closed from Oct. 2 to Oct. 20 for bridge work.
Status Alert: New Section of Trail now Open
A new .50 mile section of trail off Rockhill Ave. has decreased the on-road route. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Alliance for their financial support to make this project happen.
Status Alert: Nature Center Open Hours
The Nature Center is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 29, 2017.
Status Alert: Trail Closed Due to Nearby Construction
The Pioneer Trail will be closed from Cleveland Ave. to the fence opening near the Malone University campus sign for a construction project on the campus. Please follow all posted trail closure signage.