Park & Trail Alerts

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  Nov. 15, 2018.

Sippo Lake Park

Status Alert: Gazebo Construction

A new gazebo and access trail are under construction near the Exploration Gateway upper parking lot. The project is funded by a community donor. The gazebo is expected to be available for rent in 2019.

Deer Creek Reservoir

Status Alert: Boat Launch and Parking Lot Construction

A project to construct a new boat launch and parking lot at the main lot of Deer Creek park will begin October 29th, temporarily closing the park and trailhead to visitors. The parking area to the west of the main lot on Price St. will still be open during this time but does not offer a launch. The water levels at Deer Creek Reservoir will be lowered by approximately 5 feet to accommodate this work and Stark Parks is working in close coordination with the City of Alliance on this effort. Construction to the ramp will be complete by the end of November, but parking lot construction will continue into the spring of 2019. Stay tuned for updates on a re-opening date.

Magnolia Flouring Mills

Status Alert: Mill is Closed During Restoration

Stark Parks received a State Capital grant for $1 million for the restoration of the Magnolia Flouring Mills. Funds will complete extensive enhancements and upgrades to the building. Plans for the project include structural rehabilitation focusing on the foundation, roof, siding, and electric work. The mill is closed during the renovation work. During construction, no tours will be given.

Middle Branch Trail

Status Alert: Market Ave. Construction

Construction on Market Ave. has closed the on-road connection to the Hoover Trail at the Market Ave. and Easton St. intersection. The official closing sign is placed at Stone Crossing St. and Marelis Ave.

Walborn Reservoir

Status Alert: Hunting Season In Progress

Please be aware of archery and gun hunting in areas of the park through Feb. 3, 2018

West Branch Trail

Status Alert: Trail Now Open

The trail is now open and features a new underpass as part of the recent road project. Please use caution as construction is ongoing in the area.

Whitacre Greer Park

Status Alert: Park Closed for Hunting Season

The entire park will be closed on the following dates due to deer hunting season: Nov. 17 and 18, Nov. 22 to Dec. 2., Dec. 15 and 16, and Jan. 5 to 8, 2019.

Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail Park

Status Alert: Trail Closure for Nearby Hunting

The Towpath Trail between Riverland Ave. and the Tuscarawas County Line (Rt. 212) will be closed due to hunting on nearby private property on the following dates: Nov. 17 and 18, Nov. 22 to Dec. 2., Dec. 15 and 16, and Jan. 5 to 8, 2019.

Mahoning Valley Trail

Status Alert: Deer Creek Parking Closed During Construction and Hunting Season

A new boat launch and parking lot construction at the Price St. entrance will cause occasional restrictions and closures throughout November and December. The parking area to the west on Price St. will be open during construction. The entire Mahoning Valley Trail will be closed due to hunting on nearby property on the following dates: Nov. 17 and 18, Nov. 22 to Dec. 2., Dec. 15 and 16, and Jan. 5 to 8, 2019.