Don't let the name fool you; the Stavich Bike Trail isn't just for cyclists. Furry hikers and their humans are very much welcome on this 11-mile paved trail, as are inline skaters, wheelchair travelers, and cross-country skiers.
Traveling from New Castle, Pennsylvania to Struthers, Ohio, this gently rolling trail has a few unusual characteristics that make it stand out from other trails. For starters, it is the only bicycle trail in the country that will take you and your pup through three townships, two counties, and two states. And unlike most rail trails, it was constructed on an interurban electric railroad right-of-way: the abandoned Penn-Ohio trolley line. Because the building standards for interurban railroads are not as rigid as those for conventional railroads, you and Fido will find yourselves traversing more hills than on other rail trails, especially between mileposts five and seven. It also runs parallel to an active CSX rail line for a good portion of the route.
Dedicated in 1983, the Stavich Bike Trail meanders through mostly rural settings, making it pawfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city with your best friend. Enjoy the scenery as you and your pooch hike alongside the Mahoning River, past farmland, through wooded countryside, and over rolling hills. Trailheads and parking can be found on both ends of the trail, particularly on West Washington Street in New Castle and Broad Street in Struthers.
Be sure to bring lots of water for both you and your pupper! While Stavich is a pleasant and scenic trail, it can get very hot in the summer with all the wide open areas, and the only place to buy food and drinks is at a store in Struthers. Prepare accordingly, and you and Fido should have a furrific time on the Stavich Bike Trail!
Shade is limited, so it may be a good idea to avoid this trail on hot days. Bikers say the Ohio section is bumpy and worn in some spots, but this shouldn't be much of an issue for hikers.