Towpath Trail

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail


The Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail is part of the larger Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway in Columbiana County, OH. [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]

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Little Beaver Trail in Columbiana County

Latest Update: 6/26/17 by OB - Trail Expansion & Repaving Grant Sought

From salemnews.net, "...The district has applied for a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation that would pave pay for the construction of a three-mile trail extension - featuring a short bridge - to the Day's Inn.

"'The trail would run along the north side of State Route 154, where we have an easement,' Betz said. Cyclists and hikers would connect from the current village trailhead by using Lisbon's streets to Moore Street where the extension would begin.

"...Betz also said that the district has also applied for another grant that would repave the trail between Franklin Square and Leetonia. The state recently contacted Betz for more information, giving her hope that the district could receive the money."


25-Acre Park Opens Between Trail & Coke Ovens - 6/25/17 by OB

Leetonia, OH - The ribbon cutting for a new 25-acre park alongside the Little Beaver Creek Trail took place last Thursday.

The park is a link between the trail and the historic coke ovens. It includes a paved trailhead and a walking trail.

District Looks to Buy Land for Trailhead - 1/29/17 by OB

From reviewonline.com, "The Columbiana County Park District is working with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to acquire 30 acres near the Franklin Square area of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail.

"...the property is located just south of Franklin Square where the bike trail crosses Lisbon Road and actually abuts all four corners of the intersection. The WRLC has been in talks with the property owner, who is interested in selling, and the park board agreed to provide the matching funds necessary to qualify for the grant and take ownership of the property if the grant is awarded."

Leetonia Investing in Trailhead Upgrade - 10/8/16 by OB

From salemnews.net, "The village will be investing more money into the Greenway Bike Trail trailhead project at the coke ovens, but will receive even greater funding to enhance the finished product."

The project includes paving and other improvements.

Lisbon Council Seeks Trail Extension - 6/23/14 by OB

From salemnews.net, "...The proposed one-mile trail would be from where the sidewalk currently ends on Morton Street [in Lisbon] to the BP station, which is next to the Day's Inn.

"Dray-Bardon said the idea is to provide immediate access to the Greenway Trail for bicycle enthusiasts from outside the area who stay at the motel."

Plans To Connect To The Ohio River - 6/9/13 by OB

From morningjournalnews.com, "The Columbiana County Park District has come up with a way to extend the bicycle trail to the Ohio River, but it will require some riding on roadways and permission to cross state lands.

"Park Board President Dottie Betz said they intend to seek permission from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to have the trail pass through state forest land in the Grimms Bridge area of St. Clair Township by following an abandoned railroad bed that parallels the main fork of the Little Beaver Creek on its way to the Ohio River.

"Betz said this would complete the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail through the county and make it part of a larger plan for a bike trail linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River."

Trail Extends To Washingtonville - 6/1/13 by OB

A ribbon-cutting on Thursday in Washingtonville celebrated the extension of the trail which has grown to 12.5 miles in length.

The trail now ends at Union Street, about a half a block short of state Route 14 in Washingtonville.

Shale Co. Donate $50K To Trail Extension - 3/8/13 by OB

From the tribune-chronicle.com, "...It has been the park district's goal to get the trail to the county line, where the plan is for it to eventually link up with the Mahoning County Metroparks bicycle trail when it is extended.

"The $50,000 from NiSource enabled the park district to blacktop another 1,000 feet of rail bed, extending the trail to within a block of Route 14. 'By the time you count the portion of the trail that goes through the village of Leetonia, it's now 12-1/2 miles long,' Betz said of the Greenway Trail."

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Columbiana County, OH

Class: A3+

Length: 12.5 miles / asphalt (includes 1.5 miles of road routes)

Condition: N/A

Facilities: Portable toilets may be available.

Parking: Trailside parking in Leetonia, OH. (See trail map for more options.)

Worth Noting: This trail is a part of the 100-mile GOLTRG network.

Map: Little Beaver Creek Greenway

Elevation: North to south

More Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List

The GOLTRG will extend from Lake Erie in Ashtabula, south to a point near East Liverpool along the Pennsylvania border. The projected length of the trail (when completed) is between 100 to 110 miles.

We parked at the Eagleton Road Trailhead, near 411. This lot is near a small covered bridge, which lies north of the trail along Eagleton Road. Our goal was to park near the middle of the trail, but we don't recommend this location. It was difficult to find.

The Little Beaver Trail extends through a watershed area under a canopy of trees. This ensures your ride will be cool and comfortable, even on hot summer days. The water trickling down from a hillside above created small wet spots here and there along the asphalt trail surface. Though it had not rained during our ride, runoff from the previous night's rain was slowly working its way down to the creek on the valley floor below.

We saw an owl under the darkened tree canopy. I can't say that I've ever seen one outdoors during the day, so this was certainly a treat for me.

Though this bikeway is a rail-trail, it does have elevation gain. The trail gently rises and falls for much of its length as it makes its way along from Lisbon to Leetonia. How gentle is the grade? Well, I suppose that depends on one's fitness. On our tandem the grades near the middle of the bikeway didn't feel subtle. We worked noticeably harder on the climb and reaped the benefits of gravity on the descent.

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Lisbon, OH

As you ride closer to Lisbon, the trail takes a 1/2 mile detour over the road. There was no traffic during our ride, and the trail connections were clearly marked. As the trail enters Lisbon, it briefly slices through a residential area before ending.

The trail travels briefly alongside a wetland and an active railroad line which it follows into southern Leetonia.

Since our visit, the trail has been extended north to Washingtonville. But you'll have to do a mile of road riding through Leetonia to reach the next 1.5 mile trail segment.

The remaining gap to connect with the Mill Creek Bikeway to the north is ~6 miles. Both bikeways are part of the larger Great-Ohio-Lake-to-River Greenway.

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