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Trail Description

Supervisor: Bill Jindra

55.4 Total Miles / 17.9 Off Road Miles (32.3%)
Map Publication Date: August 2011

Two State Parks are the highlights of this section. West Branch State Park circles the western edge of the Michael J. Kirwan reservoir. Lots of older hardwoods, rolling terrain and peaceful creeks are the course of your travel. Use Knapp road (White Blazed) to complete a 8.3 mile circuit hike of this area. Quail Hollow State Park also has many interesting old hardwood acres. It became a State Park in 1975 because of its diverse wet habitat and tall grass prairie. The herb and flower garden is a favorite spot for hikers. The 8.5 miles of the Buckeye Trail along the Mogadore reservoir is a favorite of many hikers. Its relatively flat course through lush pines and fine fishing spots is a great way to spend an afternoon. The Goodyear Airship Hanger at Wingfoot lake is a mighty structure that houses the Spirit of Akron blimp. The site of this blimp overhead and practicing take-off and landings is a common site while hiking the Mogadore section. The section ends just west of Quail Hollow State Park in the town of Hartville. Be sure to stop at the chocolate factory 10 feet from the trail and reward yourself with these homemade goodies. The trail leaves Hartville in the Massillon Section.

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  • (7/29/16)Shaw Woods Campsite

    A primitive campsite with a picnic table is available off the main entrance trail at Shaw Woods Park by reservation and special permit from the Portage Park District. Contact the Park District at (330) 297-7728 or admin@portageparkdistrict.org .
    Assuming that you have your special permit, the campsite may be reached from Pt A (See below.) which is located between Pt 5 and Pt 6 on your Mogadore Section Map, Edition of July 2011. Follow the main trail W past the parking lot into the woods. After 0.2 mi, turn S. After 0.15 mi, follow white blazes that mark a footpath that heads W to campsite above a stream. Please carry out all trash including any that you may find there.

    CW CCW Pt Description
    5. Peck Rd at SR-88
    Leaving Peck Rd, go NE on SR 88 heading NE past Maplewood Christian church with ball field and picnic shelter. After 0.28 mi, exit SR 88 onto Beechwood Rd. Head E across West Branch Mahoning R (0.16 mi). After 0.8 mi at a sharp turn, Beechwood Rd ends. Go S on road that is named Beery Rd. The fenced property along the E side of Beery Rd is named Ravenna Training and Logistics Site (RTLS).This property under various names, including Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant (RVAAP), has produced munitions for World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam Conflict. In recent years, RVAAP leases a small part of RTLS on which to decommission military ordnance. The Ohio Army Guard uses more and more of the site for various training exercises.
    A. Beery Rd at Entrance to Shaw Woods Park C, P, PT) [81.19286°W, 41.18307°N]
    Continue S on Beery Rd. After 0.4 mi, Beery Rd ends. Turn E onto McCormick Rd. And in 0.3 mi where road and trail turn sharply S, road is renamed as Garrett Rd.
    6. Garrett Rd at Newton Falls Rd
    Turn E onto Newton Falls Rd, etc.

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