Leave your car behind and experience a wide variety of scenery as you reconnect with nature, the community's history, and each other. Enjoy the MetroParks Bikeway for the health of it! This 11-mile paved trail offers a variety of scenery for hikers, skaters, and bicyclists. The MetroParks Bikeway runs from Western Reserve Road in Canfield Township to the Mahoning County/Trumbull County Line in Austintown Township.
Parking is available at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield Township and at the Kirk Road Trailhead and Mahoning Avenue Trailhead in Austintown Township.
The grade along the Bikeway is typically very gentle. The lowest point of the Bikeway is at County Line Road. The Bikeway's grade increases to the highest point at Lisbon Street in Canfield for an elevation difference of 180 feet.
Click to download the MetroParks Bikeway map (pdf)
History: From Rails to Trails
Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway
Along the Way...
Kirk Road Trailhead
This award-winning trailhead provides a fifty-car parking lot, restrooms, water fountains, a picnic pavilion, and a location for educational and trailside activities. Funds to develop the depot-themed facility were provided by Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Federal Highway Administration, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Mahoning Avenue Overpass
Constructed in 2005 and funded in full through the Federal Highway Administration, the overpass provides bikeway users safe crossing over Mahoning Avenue. This unique structure was designed to resemble a historic railway trestle and mimics architectural features found along the former Niles and Lisbon Branch of the Erie Railroad Company.
Sawmill Creek Preserve
Acquired through a grant from Ohio EPA, the 154-acre forested preserve serves a critical function in the natural environment. The trees and shrubs filter and trap sediments from entering Sawmill Creek, a tributary to Meander Reservoir--the major source of drinking water for 220,000 residents. This forested stream ecosystem also provides a habitat for diverse species of wild and aquatic life.
This 402-acre working farm is operated by the MetroParks. Classrooms, agricultural exhibits and displays, and an animal barn are part of the facility. McMahon Hall, a multipurpose hall, is available for year-round rental.Tours of the MetroParks Farm are by appointment only.
The MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm provides parking, water, restrooms, and access to the phenology garden and the Mindy Henning Memorial Trail--a primitive hiking trail through cultivated and wild habitats.