Towpath Trail

Sippo Valley Trail


The Sippo Valley Trail extends from Dalton to Massillon, Ohio, a span of about 10 miles. The trail surface changes from asphalt to a stone surface, then back to asphalt as it nears Massillon. [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]

Dalton Trail
Asphalt Trail with Horse Path Alongside in Dalton, OH

Latest Update: 7/14/17 by Sharon Cole - Another Tree Down

A tree is down between Deerfield and West Lebanon Roads. I alerted Stark Parks.


More Trees Down - 7/4/17 by Sharon Cole

The sections from Ben Fulton and West Lebanon Roads were hit with downed trees and debris some time yesterday. I don't know how far the damage extends -- one tree before WL Road was too large to lift my bicycle over.

Update: 7/5/17 - A tree is across the trail as you head towards Bottoms Park. It is the only one found this am, July 5th. I was able to get around it.

Slippery Spots - 6/24/17 by Sharon Cole

Please be aware the low lying section between Deermont Ave NW and Kenyon Rd has patches of slippery mud. I rode through it on the way to Dalton and, on the way back, walked around the mud just to be safe.

Storm Downs Trees on Trail - 6/14/17 by Sharon Cole

Due to the severe thunder storms and high wind on Tuesday, several trees are down across the path.

I went as far ar Deermont Ave NW to Manchester Rd. (Rt 93) and turned back. I spotted 11 trees across the trail in that short stretch alone.

Time Out Cafe Follow Up - 6/10/17 by Sharon Cole

The other day, I treated myself to breakfast at the Time Out Cafe in Dalton. It was a cold 51 degrees on the trail that morning, and I needed a good cup of coffee and some fortification!

The menu has so much to offer, and made for a tough decision. I chose the 2 pancakes and a side of potatoes. The pancakes were so substancial, I could not finish them, and the potatoes were excellent. The service was super, too. Treat yourself the next time you are in Dalton on your bike. You deserve it! They are closed on Sunday, cash only here. Happy Trails.

Time Out Cafe in Dalton - 5/11/17 by Sharon Cole

If you are cold at the end of the trail in Dalton, there is a place you can get a great cup of coffee and breakfast or lunch, too. The Time Out Cafe is open for business. Cash only and open 6:30 am until 2:30 pm every day but closed Sunday. (Excellent coffee!) We stopped for coffee this morning, and were impressed. We'll try breakfast next time and leave a report.

Saw a fox the other day, also found another "Northern Ohio Rocks!" rock in Dalton. First Jack in The Pulpit spotted. Happy trails.

Glorious Spring & Trail Hazard - 4/23/17 by Sharon Cole

...The Sippo Valley Trail is alive with the greenest Spring I have ever seen. Skunk cabbage, wildflowers and even saw a migratory Baltimore Oriole.

A pretty good-sized hole on one of the aprons as you pass over the bridge on Ben Fulton Rd. Another kind person placed part of a log in the hole to warn people.

No sign of the snapping turtle yet, but you'll know when you see him! Stay safe.

Dalton Restrooms Open for the Season - 4/11/17 by Sharon Cole

Another sign of Spring - Dalton restrooms now open!

Trail Bridge Reopens - 4/10/17 by Sharon Cole

I was on the Sippo Valley Trail early this morning and found the bridge open again. Some work has been done (rocks placed where erosion washed away) and plywood placed so we can walk or ride across again... Who knows, it may be closed again to fix the apron leading up to [the bridge]. Stark Parks has a great turnaround time for repairs.

While on the way to Dalton, I saw the first skunk cabbage of the season, always a welcome sight! Happy riding.

Trail Bridge Closes in Massillon - 4/9/17 by Sharon Cole

Heavy erosion has closed the bridge between Skyland and Route 93 (Manchester Rd.) When I drove by Thursday, the trail was closed to traffic.

With the coming warm weather, look for skunk cabbage crowns and early Spring wildflowers.

Downed Trees on Trail - 1/12/17 by Sharon Cole

Due to high winds Wednesday, several trees are down on the SV Trail between Alabama and Deerfield Roads. I have alerted Stark Parks.

Think Spring!

Dalton Restrooms Closed for the Season - 11/27/16 by Sharon Cole

The bathrooms at the end of the Sippo Valley Trail are closed [in Dalton]. Use the rest rooms at the BellStores Marathon station if necessary. Happy riding.

Trail Bollards Reinstalled - 9/1/16 by crashandburn

The bollards are back - hope no one gets hurt here cause the medics can't get to ya. This trail sucks!

Stark County Parks Takes Over Trail Maintenance - 9/1/16 by OB

I came across this post from Stark Parks that explains the recent improvements along the Sippo Valley Trail...

From www.starkparks.com/trail_updates.asp, "Maintenance of the Sippo Valley Trail officially transferred to Stark Parks at the end of June 2015. Since then trail crews have mowed, trimmed brush back, and resurfaced the limestone trail portions along the Sippo Valley Trail in Stark County.

"Signage, trail bollards, and trash/recycling cans will be placed and installed over the next few months. Parking areas were improved at Bison St. and Alabama Ave. and a new parking area was constructed at Skyland Ave.

"We will continue to evaluate trail width and parking areas for user safety. While equestrian usage is not encouraged until a master plan is developed, all horses should use the berm to the side of the limestone sections between Deermont Ave. and Deerfield Ave..."

New Parking Area - 4/24/16 by Sharon Cole

It looks like additional parking off Skyland Rd. on the SV Trail [is] coming soon!

I spoke to a woman from Stark Parks and she told me eventually the lot will be paved, but for now it will be a gravel lot. A ramp looks like it will be fun to "roll" down to the trail.

I'd like to see a marker where the ramp meets the trail, for those who keep track of mileage.

Bridge Aprons Paved - 4/2/16 by Sharon Cole

...great improvements on the SV Trail's bridge between Deermont and Bison Rds. Blacktop before and after you cross the bridge makes for a much nicer, less bumpier ride. No more slowing down to a crawl as you approach!

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Wayne County and Stark County

Class: A1+, C1+

Length: 4.9 miles / asphalt + 5 miles / stone surface

Condition: Good

Facilities: At both ends of the trail in Dalton and Massillon.

Parking: Village Green Park in Dalton, OH. (See trail map for more options.)

Worth Noting: The Sippo Trail connects with the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail in Massillon.

Map: Sippo Valley Trail

Elevation: West to East

More Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List

We started out just west of Dalton and rode into town to Village Green Park where the trail officially starts. It begins in front of the restroom facility and works its way around the large parking area before exiting the park.

Aa you leave the park and cross East Main Street, the trail becomes a wide bike lane along Freet Street until the street ends. There the path begins and turns right and makes its way around a commercial site before heading off into rural countryside.

Trail signs along the Sippo are quite good. Horses are allowed, but buggies are prohibited from using the trail. Road names are posted at crossings and a small sign informs you that you're on your way to Massillon as you leave Dalton.

The trail soon straightens as a creek makes its way alongside. Foot paths that connect with neighborhood streets attest to the popularity of this pathway with local residents. We passed a number of folks on the trail during our visit.

There are mile marker posts every 1/2 mile. At Deerfield Road, about 2.8 miles from Dalton, the trail turns to gravel. An asphalt surface picks up again around the 7.8 mile point and takes you into Massillon.

The Sippo Trail is mostly flat, but you will encounter a short, steep climb up to 17th Street in Massillon, before descending into Lincoln Park.

Gravel Trail
Horseback along the Gravel Section

Where the trail reaches Bottoms Park in Massillon, it nears its end. If you're turning around to ride back, you're good to go. But if you prefer riding on to the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, you'll need to consult the trail map.

Your preferred direction of travel (north or south) on the towpath will determine where you exit the Sippo Valley Trail here. A little road riding (~.5 mile) is required for southbound riders. While less road travel is necessary to go north as you take to the sidewalk to make that junction on the Lincoln Way West Bridge.

Mile markers on the Sippo Valley Trail count down to "0" at trail's end in Massillon, while mile markers on the towpath count down to "0" at Lake Erie.

This bikeway uses bollards at road crossings. Solid bollards on the trail surface are a known hazard to trail users that have caused serious injury and death. Visitors should be aware of this danger. And local trail users are encouraged to learn more about this safety threat in your community. Read the trail bollard hazard blog series.

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