Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens Park
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Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail
About Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens Park
The Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens were constructed in 1866 as part of the Leetonia Iron and Coal Company, for which the town of Leetonia is named. The coke ovens, blast furnaces, and rolling mill formed the major economic backbone of the Village of Leetonia and was one of the largest employers for the Leetonia area until it closed in 1930. The ovens were used to purify coal that was mined from the hills of Leetonia and Washingtonville, this purified coal was then used to make iron. The site was nearly forgotten for over fifty years, until a group of concerned citizens began cleanup efforts. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The park includes 10 acres that support this historic piece of industrial history, and 25 additional acres of nature preserve. The park is just minutes from the Greenway Bike Trail which connects Lisbon to Washingtonville, Ohio and the coke ovens has a connecting path to the Greenway Bike Trail.
From Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens Park webpage
About Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail
The Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail runs parallel to the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek and has many beautiful and interesting features, including glacial outwashes, upland fields, mature ravine woodlots and wetland wildlife habitats. Remnants of the industrial past also dot the trail with the remains of lime kilns, pig iron furnaces, coal mines and coke ovens. The trail features a covered bridge and a connection to the Sandy Beaver Canal Towpath.
As a segment of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway, the Little Beaver Creek Greenway is a part of the trail system that begins in Ashtabula County and continues through Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. When complete, the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway will be more than 100 miles long.
Access the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail in Leetonia along OH-558 in Franklin Square and in Lisbon off OH-164 near Maple Street. Additional parking is available in Salem at Eagleton Road. Take OH-45 south to Teegarden Road (County Road 41 West) to the covered bridge. Parking and trail entrance are by the bridge. You can also pick up the trail from St. Jacobs-Logtown Road near Lisbon. Parking is limited at both ends and weekends can be quite crowded.
From Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail webpage
Restrooms on site, portable toilets.