Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail–Franklin Square Trailhead
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Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail
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The eleven mile long, paved Greenway Multi-Purpose Trail goes thru marsh area on the north end, then thru open fields, then thru hemlocks, and finally thru large sycamores paralleling the Middle Fork of Little Beaver Creek. For those who want to combine birding with bicycling, this is a dream ride. Sixty species are normally recorded in a four-hour ride. Near the Franklin Square Trailhead, in April 2010 an adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird was present for three days, a first for the county. Nests that have been found along the trail are Mute Swan, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen, Barred Owl, Wood Duck, Eastern Kingbird, Wild Turkey, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Spotted Sandpiper, just to name a few. About halfway along the trail is the Teegarden Covered Bridge Trailhead Area; at this location you transition from seeing and hearing Black-capped Chickadee to Carolina Chickadee. Here you easily find Belted Kingfisher, Cerulean Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Baltimore Oriole. Dragonflies abound here, including the three inch plus Dragonhunter which can sometimes be found near the parking lot in late July.
From Bob Lane
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
Portable toilet located at Franklin Square Trailhead.