People across the country will join in celebrating America’s amazing rail-trails on Saturday, April 23. An annual event promoted by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, headquartered in Washington DC. Celebrate Trails Day is the perfect springtime way to take advantage of Wayne County’s trails for walking and biking.
Three trails are in Wayne County to be enjoyed on April 23 or anytime, 365 days a year: The Sippo Valley Trail, The County Line Trail, and the Heartland Trail, according to a news release.
The Sippo Valley Trail starts in Dalton at the Village Green Park on S Freet Street. Head north on Freet Street and cross Main and Schultz Streets. After you pass the dumpsters on the left, you will see the trail on your right. The trail continues 3 miles to West Lebanon Road and Deerfield Road, where it crosses into Stark County and continues on to Massillon for 7 miles where it connects with the towpath trail.
The County Line Trail, 6.75 miles, stretches from Rittman to Creston. Parking is available in Rittman on Ohio Avenue, in Sterling on Kauffman Avenue at the historic depot, and in Creston at Brooklyn Avenue near the police station.
The Heartland Trail is currently in two sections. In Orrville it begins on Depot Street near the historic railroad depot, then heads one block west on Market St, turns at Sterling, crosses High, then passes the dog park and continues to Main Street at Hostetler Road. In Marshallville there is 2.4 miles of paved trail. There is parking at Forrer Road and at Euclid Street behind Marshallville Meats. RTWC is currently focused on a “Close the Gap” campaign to connect from Forrer Road to Orrville.
Trail users may see RTWC Board members on the trails, ready to greet them, answer questions, or take pictures. People also are welcome to take and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.