As the weather warms, it’s time to Opt Outside! Plan a weekend getaway close to home in the Youngstown area and enjoy plenty of outdoor recreation options!
Mill Creek MetroParks offers an abundance of wide-open spaces. Explore 45 miles of trails—from rustic to paved– where you’ll find hidden waterfalls, numerous species of birds, and incredible scenery. A downloadable trail map is available at millcreekmetroparks.org. Pedal the 11-mile Bikeway, then try a round of disc golf. Parking for both is available at the MetroParks Farm Bikeway Trailhead.
The springtime blooming of over 40,000 bulbs at Fellows Riverside Gardens is always a spectacular sight. This beautiful 12-acre display garden, part of Mill Creek MetroParks, is open to the public at no charge. Over 400,000 people visit annually to see the wonderful plant displays, a wide variety of roses, and seasonal displays of annuals and perennials. Climb the observation tower for spectacular views of Lake Glacier. Enjoy the Davis Visitors Center, have lunch in the café and find unique gifts at the Shop in the Gardens. Mill Creek MetroParks also is home to Lanterman’s Mill and Covered Bridge. This mid-1800s historic landmark still grinds wheat and corn today. Hike the popular East/West Gorge Trail, which begins adjacent to Lanterman’s Mill, and you’ll be treated to views of, Lanterman’s Falls, the scenic gorge and the Cinderella Suspension Bridge.
Is mountain biking more your thing? Head to Lake Milton State Park and ride the highly-rated, twisty 10.5-mile Lake Milton Mountain Bike Trail. The Trail is completed as a full loop, and it features tight turns around trees and very minimal rocks and roots, so it’s great even for a beginner. The Osprey disc golf course is also located at Lake Milton State Park, a scenic, wooded course that winds around the lake.
Paddling the Mahoning River is becoming more popular now that low-head dam removal has begun. You can paddle without obstructions from the Struthers launch area to the Village of Lowellville’s Riverfront Park (3 miles), or continue across the OH/ PA state line for another 6 miles to New Castle, PA.
Intrigued? Plan your weekend getaway today! Award-winning, comfortable lodging choices abound. Visit youngstownlive.com or call 800-447-8201 for a complete listing of our upcoming seasonal and special events.