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100 Days of Summer: May 29th- Bike West Branch

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West Branch State Park in Ravenna is a local treasure. A two Thousand acre lake and 5,000 acres of park means there’s lots of opportunities for things to do. It’s proximity to Akron and Cleveland means its a popular destination with a lot of amenities.

Fishing or skiing the lake, hiking the 14 miles of trails, staying at the award winning campground, swimming at the beach: If you can do it in Ohio, You can do it here.

But for a unique experience, you need to get your bike out on the 12 miles of trails that the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association Maintains. These trails range from meadows to rugged woods for every experience level. There are multiple loops to choose, all easily marked.

Head out to West Branch State Park sometime this summer to check out all that’s offered, and especially check out the bike trails for some challenges you just aren’t going to find elsewhere.

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100 Days of Summer: Mountain and Trail Biking in NE Ohio

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Trail Biking

Akron Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail- 33 Miles

Brady’s Run Trails– Newly Improved Technical trails. 15 Miles

Mill Creek Bikeway– D’oh. I Left this off for almost a year

Stavich Bicycle Trail– Great Unknown Trail from Newcastle to Struthers along the river.

Ohio– Ohio Rail to trails site.

Three River Heritage trail– 37 Mile bike and jogging trail around downtown Pittsburgh

Great Allegheny Passage– Connect Pittsburgh Airport (Parking) and region to Washington DC through a system of Rail to trail routes. Very Nice

Little Beaver Greenway Trail– 11 Miles in Lisbon, Canopied 10 foot wide paved trail

Moraine– 7 Mile Trail Bike Trail

Panhandle Trail-29 Mile Rail to Trail from Carnegie to Weirton.

Western Reserve Greenway– 47 Miles of trail, mostly in Ashtabula county

Yough River Trail-– 71 Miles of rail to trails

Mountain Biking

Beaver Creek-15 miles of mixed use trails for advanced users.

Mosquito Lake– 5 miles Mixed use trails.

West Branch– 6 Bike Loops with over 8 miles of trail maintained by CAMBA

Quail Hollow-4 Mile Mountain Bike Trail

Ohio Pyle-13 Miles Of Mountain Bike Trails

Mohican– New 24 Mile Single loop Moraine– 6 Mile Mountain Biking Trail

Raccoon CreekMany Multi-use trails.


Outspokin WheelmenYoungstown‘s Recreation Biking Group

Western PA Wheelmen– And The West Pa Bike Group

CAMBA-Cleveland Area MB Association

Ohio City CyclesCleveland area Advocacy and education group

OMBC– Ohio Mountain bike Championship Series


Blue Collar Mountain Biking

Bike Geek

Dirt Church

Rail to trail Trail List


Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

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100 Days of Summer: June 11th- Bike Western Reserve Greenway

Starting and ending on the Kent State Trumbull Campus, Participants can choose to bike 20, 40 or the entire 68 mile Loop. The first (And Last) mile is on public roads from the campus area to the Wetern Reserve Greenway. The rest is on the bike path. There will be two refreshment stations.

Early Registration closes on May 23rd. $20 bucks gets you in with a T-shirt. After the 23rd, $20 gets you in, but no T-shirt.

Donate a dozen cookies, and get a free entry to a raffle with Bike Nashbar and other cycle related prizes.


For more info, check out the  Trumbull County MetroParks Website.


Note: I’m always looking for events to showcase in the 100 days of summer series. If you have something you want featured on Steel Valley outdoors, please contact me. And seriously guys- Could we get an RSS feed or Twitter or facebook page to make following news easier? So many of our local organizations have websites stuck in the ’90s. If you need some help updating your design, let me know. I’ll Donate time.


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100 days of summer: Day 28- Bike Brady Run

Brady Run Park in Beaver County could take about 20 days of summer all by itself. It’s one of those little gems that hide off the radar.

Near Chippewa,  Brady Run is a Nice County Park. It has a lot of activities and well worth a look if you live to the South of Mahoning County. Its got a lot of  amenities: A lodge, pavilions, dog park, skiting park and ice rink.  Softball, basketball, tennis and Horseshoe courts. A Horse Arena. A Lake. Public shooting Range. Hiking and jogging paths. All on 2,000 acres. A whole lot of stuff.

And it’s got about 15 miles of nice mountain bike paths which are well reviewed here.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 22- Moraine State Park

Regatta and Hot Air Balloon Festival at Morain...
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OK Susan.

Work Buddy Susan has been after me to post about Moraine State Park. Especially Since we’ve walked around it with the post on Windsurfing and McConnells Mill.

I Like Moraine. It’s a multi-use park off 19 and 422 on the other side of New Castle. Not too far, and lots of Activities.

Sure we mentioned the Windsurfing. There’s a beach with concessions, nice bay for kayaking, Picnic Areas, frisbee golf, 10 Boat launch areas for motorboats, sailboats and fishing.

For Hikers there’s 28 miles of hiking trails, 7 mile paved bike trail and 7 mile Mountain bike trail. The north Country Trail Passes through the Park, with a camping shelter on site for through hikers. Also, There’s a guided tour for Cars along Washington’s Trail through the area.

But Wait! There’s More. The Lake Arthur Regatta, Rental CAbins, Primitive Camping, Hunting Areas, Winter activities…You get the idea. Get out and take a look. This is a good weekend Because the Balloon Fest is also taking place in Newcastle, so you’re going to be in the area anyway, right?

And Joe, I Think I’m Ahead.

There’s a Camping shelter on the

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100 Days of Summer: Day 18- YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

Summer Festival of the arts Tile
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Cheat day. While not an “Outdoor Activity”, the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts Does happen “Outdoors.”

And while we go every year, this year we might not make it. We’re having Jamie’s Graduation party on Saturday, getting ready to send her to Columbus College of Art and Design in the fall. Since she’s gone to the YSU festival every year since, well, ever since she was a baby, I have to credit the opportunities here and the exposure to the local arts scene with her choice of careers.

YEs, There’s the Tour De Youngstown for you cyclists, but I’m Sure You’ve already registered.

Anyway, I hope to see you on Sunday. And check out Flad Mountain at Kilcawley.

Also, Because it’s going to rain tomorrow, I’ll have another couple cheat days posted. We’re heading into the heart of the summer season here, and there’s lots to do. It’s only right that I try to help promote more than the ODNR parks and Lakes.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 16- Bike the Stavich Trail

Another Nice day forecast. Why not get the bikes out and bike the Stavich trail from Struthers to New Castle?

This is a relatively unknown, hidden gem. This 10 mile  Asphalt trail follows an old trolley line along the river and train tracks. Nice, easy grades on land that is reverting back to woods. It crosses right through Lowellville, letting you shorten your trip or take a break in the heat.

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100 Days Of Summer: Day Nine-Bike the Towpath Trail, Catch a Train for $2

Rt. 82 Bridge, Brecksville
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You’ve got to try the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Normally it runs from Northern Akron to Independence road in Cleveland. To hop on on one of these stations costs $15 per person per day. The train goes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the round trip takes about three hours. But you can get off at any stop: Visit Hale Farm, The shops at Penninsula, Take in a special event at Boston Mills.

Sounds fun. The Kids will like it. But there’s a way to save $13 per person and still get all the advantages. Bring your Bike. See, for $2, you can flag down the train at stations along the Towpath Bike trail and board the train. There are special cargo cars on each end to hold your bike. Then you can disenbark when you want.

Take the train north and Bike Back to your car. Or Bike until you’re exhausted and ride back in the comfort of a restored passenger car. The choice is yours.

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West Branch Mountain Bike Group Wins Trail Award from ODNR

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) received the Ohio State Parks 2009 “Trail Partnership Of The Year Award” for the group’s efforts to build and maintain mountain biking trails at West Branch State Park in Portage County.  CAMBA representatives Craig Wood and Mark Reed accepted the award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) during a recent park managers’ conference at Hocking Hills State Park.

CAMBA is the first recipient of this new statewide award to recognize volunteer groups helping to build, improve and expand trails in Ohio State Parks.  CAMBA volunteers have contributed 5,941 hours over the past eight years to develop more than 7 miles of single track mountain bike trail at West Branch.

“Without dedicated trail partners like CAMBA, our state parks simply would not be able to offer such a large, high quality trail system for biking, hiking and horseback riding,” said John Hunter, acting chief of Ohio State Parks.  “They are creating a tremendous recreational resource for local trail users, and helping to put Ohio on the map as a destination for trails.”

In addition to providing labor, Wood, Reed and the other CAMBA volunteers who helped with the West Branch trail lent their expertise in trail design to build a sustainable trail system that can withstand weather and traffic, and offers features mountain bikers love. The West Branch trail has served as a model for other park systems building trails in the area.

Ohio’s 74 state parks offer more than 1,185 miles of trails, including 24 mountain biking trails, 25 bridle trails, 207 hiking trails and 156 multiple use trails.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at

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