Hello Trail Partners and Friends,
As expected, several trails will be closed due to flooding for a few days this week. We will work on any debris and clean up so the trails are ready for the weekend and more sunshine. As always, you can link, bookmark, or frequently check…. https://starkparks.com/park-trail-alerts/
Here is the list:
The Towpath Trail has several sections under water including north of Lake Lucerne and Lake Lucerne Trailhead, Lock 4 area and lower parking lot, under Lake Ave. and Rt. 21 in Massillon, and south of Wooster St. in Navarre.
On a related note, updates have been slower than anticipated but the Towpath Trail between Cherry St. and Lake Ave. is now closed as work begins on erosion control and bank stabilization. Fencing is in place with barricades and signage, we will continue to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and pass them along to you. The schedule is expected to remain the same with the closure lasting into 2022. Any references to the trail being open on weekends are no longer valid.
The Hoover Trail at Washington Square in North Canton has several flooded areas at this time.
The Middle Branch Trail north and south of Martindale Rd. has water over the trail.
Public Relations Coordinator
5712 12th Street NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
04/29/2021–Brecksville, OH – The National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail between Rockside Road and Frazee House in Valley View due to Cuyahoga River flooding.
Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resources, and park staff. Please do not drive through flooded roadways.
A segment of the trail along the Little Miami segment will be closed most of the summer.
Details are here: https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/warren-county/highly-used-warren-county-state-park-trail-getting-major-work-through-summer?fbclid=IwAR0P1WpKke5iMQy8xa_u6rePBQLjEqos4ixPPez4DRX3dFGBPy35osp0e84
Note that the organization posting this information has no more knowledge of the closures other than what is publicly announced.
FOR MORE DETAILS
For more information regarding closures along Little Miami State Park’s trail, call the park office at 937-382-1096 or visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
CAUTION: This detour is on roadway. Please obey all traffic laws and pay careful attention while riding the detour.
Note: Depending on how busy they are, Ernie’s Bicycle Shop in Massillon can provide shuttling for people and bikes from the Massillon Hampton Inn to the north side of the detour and in the opposite direction. Contact them and please thank them!
Mount Vernon construction updates: Several traffic projects are underway in Mount Vernon that will improve the cycling infrastructure for trail users.
Mount Vernon Avenue: Work continues the replacement of the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge over the Kokosing River. Work has shifted to the westbound lanes with the eastbound bridge construction complete. The Kokosing Gap Trail travels on a 12’ protected bike lane on the bridge to a traffic signal at Cougar Drive. Trail users can safely cross Mount Vernon Avenue and continue to the trail on the levee. The westbound bridge beams will be set into place from August 24-26. There may be delays during the movement of the beams. Trail users can continue through the construction zone at the direction of the construction crew.
Main Street: The construction of a trail underpass at Main Street is underway. A new underpass trail will begin on the Heart of Ohio Trail at the western edge of the CA&C Depot and pass under the Main Street Viaduct on the river’s edge. It will return to the levee and Kokosing Gap Trail east of the iron viaduct. The trail is open with intermittent delays for the movement of equipment and supplies. A detour will be in effect and marked once the construction reaches the point of merging the exiting trail into the new underpass trail. Trail users can continue using the trail until the contractor places barricades on the trail and directs trail users to the detour.
Towpath Trail Closure And Unpredictable Trail Conditions
Expect unpredictable trail conditions through July 2020 while a project near the Massillon Sewer Plant is happening. Use caution and plan on walking bikes through the area. An ongoing levee project near the Tuscarawas River in Massillon by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will impact travel for an extended period. The work will cause intermittent closures of the Towpath Trail. Weekday closures between Lake Ave. Trailhead in Massillon and Finefrock Rd. in Massillon will begin in Aug. 2020. The trail will be open on weekends. Please obey all construction and safety signs and be cautious of unpredictable trail conditions. This is a long term project that will affect various sections of the Towpath Trail in this area throughout 2020 and 2021.
Construction Closure: Camp Chase Trail is closed from Wilson Road Park to Derrer Road for road improvements on Wilson Road bridge above the trail. Follow signs for the detour.
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) will close a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, between Canal Exploration Center and Frazee House in Valley View. The trail will be closed 7 am – 5 pm on weekdays, May 4 –15. It will be open for use in the evening and on weekends. Contractors will be repairing the Tinker’s Creek aqueduct bridge decking and stone retaining walls.
No detour is available. The closure is necessary for public safety, please respect all closures.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuva, www.facebook.com/cuyahogavalleynationalpark, or call 440-717-3890.